A job interview is the first impression that you will be giving to a potential employer. Thoroughly review these helpful tips for a successful interview:

  • Know the company with which you are meeting; research their website, conduct a Google search, and find any other information available online.
  • Understand the position and its responsibilities before the meeting.
  • Bring a pen and notepad with you. If you do not have a folder for your resume, slide it in the notepad to keep it crisp.
  • Do not bring anything with you other than a purse/briefcase and/or notepad/folder.
  • Do not bring any extra bags or other random personal items.
  • Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early, but no more than 30 minutes early.
  • Bring at least two copies of your resume.
  • Dress for success; wear your most conservative, full business suit.
  • Ladies: Go conservative. Wear nylons with skirts. Heels are more professional than flats. Do not show any cleavage and no short skirts.
  • Do not wear bright nail polish. Go light on perfume and makeup.
  • Jewelry must be conservative. No hoops larger than a nickel. No more than one bracelet per arm.
  • Take out facial piercings.
  • Gentlemen: Shave that morning. Do not wear any jewelry other than a watch and/or wedding ring. Go light on cologne.
  • Never take off your blazer while you are still in their office; even during testing or while waiting to be interviewed.
  • Do not smoke a cigarette after you get dressed. If you smell like smoke, you probably won’t get the job.
  • Do not chew gum or bring any type of food or beverage.
  • Remember to put your keys and sunglasses away.
  • Turn off your cell phone/silence your ringer BEFORE entering the building.
  • Be friendly to EVERYONE with whom you come in contact. Not too friendly. Just smile and say hello.
  • Don’t chat up their receptionist. Say “Hello” and take a seat. Sit patiently and review your notes. Don’t take out your cell phone!
  • Greet the interviewer with a smile, stand up immediately, make eye contact, and shake hands firmly.
  • Do not sit down until offered a chair. If available, take a seat directly across from the interviewer.
  • Do not set anything on the interviewer’s desk. Set your bag on the floor and keep your folder/notepad on your lap.
  • Listen well and maintain good eye contact.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be confident, professional and have good posture.
  • Keep your nervous habits in check. (Don’t shift from side to side, crack knuckles, etc.)
  • Express yourself clearly using proper grammar. Avoid slang and pause words such as ‘um, well and like.’
  • Do not discuss your personal life.
  • Practice your story and answer all questions directly. Don’t be vague.
  • Act interested and enthusiastic.
  • Nod, smile, and let your face show interest.
  • NEVER condemn past employers. Do not speak negatively regarding past co-workers, supervisors or companies.
  • Act like you ‘loved’ your last jobs, even if you did not. Focus on the positives.
  • Never answer with just a “yes” or “no.” Elaborate in a few sentences.
  • Articulate your skill-set.
  • Ask at least two questions at the end of the interview to show your interest and enthusiasm for the position.
  • If you are interested in the position, TELL THEM, and explain why you are the perfect candidate for this position.
  • On the way out, thank them for the interview and shake hands again.
  • Follow-up with a personalized “thank you for meeting” email or card.

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