Follow these interview tips and you're sure to nail the interview and be the winning candidate!

 

  • Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview as well as a pad and pen to take notes. 

  • Your interview attire should be tastefully simple, clean, conservative and wrinkle-free.  

  • Being on time for an interview really means arriving at least ten minutes before your scheduled appointment. Not only will your punctuality be noted, the extra time allows you to calm down, focus and review your resume and notes you prepared for the interview.
     

  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake, warm smile and direct eye contact. Avoiding the gaze of the interviewer can make you appear inexperienced and unsure of yourself.

  • If you're competing with several applicants for the same position, you'll need to find a way to stand out. The most enthusiastic almost always gets the job. Your enthusiasm tells the interviewer that you will be a highly-motivated employee.
     

  • Be a team player!  Employers want someone who can take direction while working well with others.  They want someone who is willing to learn and willing conform to their systems, policies and procedures. No one wants to hire an unmanageable employee. 

  • You would think this goes without saying, but candidates often need to be reminded not to chew gum, slouch or steer the conversation too far off work-related themes. Sit up straight and conduct yourself with a professional demeanor at all times.

  • An interview is meant to be a fact-finding mission for both the interviewer and the interviewee. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the responsibilities of the job and what would be expected of you. Take notes.

  • Close the interview with another firm handshake, a "Thank You" and a smile.  Later, send a note or e-mail thanking the interviewer for the time spent and letting them know you are interested in the position and you look forward to hearing from them soon.  Always remember, the squeaking wheel always get the most grease!

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