Preparing for an interview
One-on-one interviews require a great deal of preparation. After you’ve submitted your application and have been called to set a date and time for an interview, the real planning begins.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a great interview:
- Dress for success – Be clean and well-groomed. Dress appropriately for the position. Items to consider would be a solid-colored suit, matching shirt, conservative shoes and minimal jewelry. If you do not have a suit, wear something clean and conservative. Items to avoid include flip-flops, shorts, tank-tops, hats, etc.
- Research the organization and the job position – Do an online search of the company and learn as much as you can about it.
- Interview questions – Prepare for commonly asked questions. Practice describing yourself, your work performance and skills.
- During the interview – Arrive at least 10 minutes early. Make eye contact, smile and shake hands firmly with each person you meet.
- Closing the interview – Restate your interest in the position, thank the interviewer and shake hands when leaving.
- Post interview – Follow up with the interviewer by sending a thank-you letter within a day or two of the interview.
Do’s and don’ts of interviewing
- Do come prepared.
- Do dress appropriately.
- Do bring any items needed, such as a license, diploma and list of references.
- Do shake hands and be friendly with everyone you meet.
- Do remain calm.
- Do state your interest in the position.
- Do thank the interviewer for his/her time.
- Don’t be late.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Don’t wear excessive cologne or perfume.
- Don’t exaggerate or falsify prior employment or educational experience.
- Don’t criticize past or present employers.
- Don’t stray off the point.
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer.