1. Find out specific facts about the company - where its offices or
stores are located, growth of the company, what products or services
the firm has to offer, etc.
2. Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview. REMEMBER,
an interview is a "two way street". The employer will try to determine
through questioning you if you have the qualifications necessary to
do the job. You must determine through questioning whether the company
will give you the opportunity for growth and advancement. Ask questions
regarding various areas, such as: describe position, reason position
is open, type of training offered, company growth plans, and what career
plan you could expect.
3. Dress for success in a conservative, dark business suit (black,
navy, or earthtones work best). Shirt or blouse should be solid color
or simple patterns. Jewelry should accent outfit and not be flashy.
1. DO plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Late arrival for a job
interview is never excusable. If you are going to be late, please call!
2. If presented with an application, DO fill it out completely.
DON'T relax and rely on your application or resume to do your
selling for you. Be thorough!
3. DO greet the interviewer by their surname. Give the appearance
of energy as you walk. SMILE! Shake hand firmly. Be genuinely
glad to meet them and they will respond in kind.
4. DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit
upright in your chair, look alert and interested at all times. Be a
good listener as well as a good talker. SMILE - it's contagious.
5. DO follow the interviewer's lead, but try to get the interviewer
to describe the position and duties to you early in the interview so
that you can relate your background skills and accomplishments to the
6. DON'T answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Explain
whenever possible. SELL YOURSELF.
7. DO make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer
in a factual, sincere manner. STRESS ACHIEVEMENTS.
8. DO answer all questions truthfully, frankly and as "to the
point" as possible. Don't ramble on to other subjects.
9. NEVER make derogatory remarks about your present or former
10. DON'T inquire about salary, vacation, bonuses, retirement,
etc. on the first interview. If the interviewer asks what salary you
want, indicate what you've earned in the past, but stress that you are
more interested in the opportunity than in a specific salary.
11. DO always conduct yourself as if you are going to get the
job you are interviewing for. Never close the door on opportunity. It
is better to be in a position where can choose from a number of jobs
rather than only one. GO FOR THE OFFER!
1. If you are interested in the position, ask for it or ask for the
next interview. If you feel this could be the job for you, say something
like this - "Mr./Ms. Employer, I'm very impressed with what I've seen
here today. I am confident I can do an excellent job for your company.
How soon can I start?" Enthusiasm is contagious!
2. If you feel the interview is not going well, don't let your discouragement
show. Many interviewers try to maintain a neutral front during the interview
process to avoid giving false hope to a candidate.
3. Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. Be sure
to answer the two questions uppermost in their mind: (a) Why you are
interested in the company and position; (b) What you can offer to the
company. To explore opportunities in your area of expertise, submit
your online application for immediate consideration.