Important Tips for the Job Interview
- Learn about the company. Visit their website and become familiar with them.
- Review the job description. As you read it, think about how your prior experience fits with what they are looking for. Think about specific tasks you accomplished and how they relate.
- If you haven’t been in many job interviews, it’s a good idea to practice. Look up “most commonly asked job interview questions” and practice your responses to them.
- The day of the interview, review your resume. Go over it in your mind and think about your past experience. What were your jobs? What companies did you work for? Why did you leave those companies? What were the dates of employment at those companies?
- Dress for success. Look professional. Practice good hygiene. You want to give a good first impression and the way you dress goes a long way with that.
- When you get to the interview location, smile and be courteous to everyone you meet. When you meet the person interviewing you, give them a good handshake and look them in the eye (but not for too long, that’s creepy). You want to give a good first impression and portray confidence.
- Be yourself…your best self. I know your nervous but let your personality shine through. Don’t be afraid to use your sense of humor and even show off a bit. This is your chance to brag about yourself. The person sitting across from you is no better than you.
- The interviewer is going to ask you questions about how your prior experience relates to the job you are being interviewed for. As you answer, think about your experience and give specific examples of what you did that is relevant. It’s ok to say “I haven’t done that yet”. It shows that you’re honest.
- Ask questions about the job and the company. This shows that you are interested.
- After all the questions have been asked, ask the interviewer what the next steps are.
- As you’re walking out, give the interviewer another good handshake and look them in the eye (again, not in a creepy way) and don’t forget to thank them for their time.
- If you got the interviewers email address, send them a “thank you” email. That’s all the follow up you need to do.