It is important to be on time for an interview. It is best if you arrive about 15 minutes early. This will give you time to relax and fill out an application, if necessary. Dress appropriately, since the first impression is a lasting one. Here are the top 12 interview tips in no particular order:
- Do some research on the business before the interview.
- Practice interviewing.
- Go alone. Do not take children or friends.
- Greet the employer with a handshake.
- Make frequent eye contact.
- Smile, be polite, and try to relax.
- Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused.
- Answer questions as directly as possible.
- Be upbeat and make positive statements.
- If you've worked before, talk about what you learned from it.
- Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
- Bring your "Fact Sheet" with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked to complete an application.
It is important as you prepare for your interview to anticipate what questions the employer might ask. You might want to prepare a list of frequently asked questions by searching the web. There are plenty of resources available. In fact, you can start your list by clicking here. Once you get a fairly good list, prepare answers for each of the questions. Try to be prepared for curveballs—interviewers will probably not ask you the exact same questions as those on your list. Tip #2 above is important to prepare you for the unexpected.
At the end of the formal interview the employer will ask if you have any questions. Make sure you have a set of appropriate questions prepared that, when asked, will show your interest in the company and your willingness to excel at your job. You may want to ask about who will be supervising you or how many others will be on your team. You may also want to inquire as to when they will be making their hiring decision.
Also, at the end of the interview remember to thank the interviewers for their time. You should request a business card so you won’t have to remember names when you send them a thank you note. Also, remember to shake hands in closing. Two or three days after the interview send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers. Click here to see an example of a thank you note.