Interview Tips2017-07-18T13:49:25-05:00

Starting Your Career

Preparing for an Interview

Interview Tips

As you prepare for your interview, consider these tips to make the most of your experience.

Here are three easy steps to prepare for your interview:

  1. Practice, practice, practice
    Have a friend interview you and ask you questions about your experience and skills. Consider wearing your interview clothes for the practice session to make it as real as possible.
  2. Research the company and the job
    Visit the company’s website and search the internet for any articles or press releases about the organization. See what current and former employees have to say about the company on Glassdoor. Also, research the company’s competition and marketplace.
  3. Prepare your own questions 
    You should have three to five questions that you want to ask the interviewer about the company and the job.

When interview day arrives, here are seven tips that will help things go smoothly.

  1. Arrive early
    Interviews can be stressful enough without having to deal with traffic or parking issues. Allow yourself plenty of time. Plus, it will show you’re prepared and eager.
  2. Be yourself 
    Use your own voice and style; don’t sound too canned or rehearsed.
  3. Take your time answering questions 
    Thoughtfulness counts and demonstrates your willingness to be genuine.
  4. Use good body language 
    You want to present a professional image. Make eye contact and smile to show goodwill and confidence. Maintain a posture that conveys you’re relaxed but also alert.
  5. Take copies of your resume 
    It’s always professional to have a resume ready to pass out at the interview. Have extra copies for group interviews.
  6. Ask for a business card 
    Gather contact information from interviewers so you can send thank you notes.
  7. Inquire about a hire time 
    Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer when they plan to make a hiring decision. Understanding their time frame helps you make plans too.

When you finish the interview, the work is not done. Here are two simple things that will help you stand out from the crowd.

  1. Send a thank you note
    Yeah, it’s sort of old-school, but it still matters. And send it right after the interview. Don’t put it off. Employers make decisions quickly.
  2. Stay in contact 
    If you haven’t heard from the interviewer in more than a week, give them a call or send an email. It’s ok to check on the job status and let them know you’re still interested.

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