ACING THE INTERVIEWS

1. Preparation


Dress to impress, so invest in a new suit or slacks button down shirt. Be well groomed and make sure your shoes are clean and look professional. You wouldn’t wear torn jeans to a wedding, and you shouldn’t wear cargo shorts to an interview. Remember, looking professional means looking respectable. Your best bet is to dress for an interview as if you already had the job.

2. Right before the interview


Before leaving home remember to carry extra copies of your resume, cover letter, references. It may seem obvious, but if you’re not on time for your interview the game is over. Getting there early makes a good impression on the interviewer and allows you to take a few deep breaths, organize your notes, refresh your memory on any points that you’ve found difficult in your practices and scan any company materials that may be available in the waiting room.

3. The Interview


Being honest. There are a few things to keep in mind when meeting with potential employers. They’re looking for someone who is confident, assertive and friendly, and they will be taking this opportunity to see if you’re a good fit. The interviewer will respect your honesty and your desire to offer a thoughtful answer. If you blank out, be honest, but definitely put a positive spin on your answer. A little humor in moderation never hurts either.

4. What to avoid

Trash Talk


It’s a really small world and saying things might burn down some bridges. Prospective employers will likely side with your current or previous supervisor and assume you will be difficult to manage.

LIES AND EXCUSES

Never lie in your interview. Don’t ramble. Concise answers with strong points are better than disorganised babble.

Don’t be late


Show up 10 minutes early. You’ll want a few minutes to check in with the receptionist, use the restroom and acclimate yourself with the office. But also being too punctual isn’t right because you’re putting immediate pressure on the interviewer to drop whatever he/she may be wrapping up and deal with you and so he/she is going to start the interview feeling guilty because she knows she just left you sitting in the lobby for 20 minutes.

5. Follow-up


Wrap it up nicely. Follow up with a thank-you note. Email each person who interviewed you within one business day. Personalize the letters and avoid group emails and mention highlights from your conversation with each of them.

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