Preparing for the interview:
- Dress appropriately- Business Dress unless instructed otherwise.
- Research the company, and if possible the person who you will be interviewing.
- Print out the job description, and make sure to know what it is you are actually interviewing for.
- Have multiple copies of your resume printed and ready for the interviewer.
- Plan your route and leave early to make sure that you arrive before the interview.
- Fill out any appropriate paper work that is needed before the interview; bring copies in case they didn’t receive them.
- Review how you would answer questions about yourself; also make sure to know how your experiences and skills match those of the position.
- Greet the interviewer by last name.
- Shake their hand! And thank them for taking the time to meet with you
- If presented with an application at the interview, fill it out neatly and completely. Don't attach your resume unless you're told to do so.
- Project energy and enthusiasm.
- Wait until you're offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times.
- Put your cell phone away and turn off the sound.
- Don’t cross your arms or fiddle with your hands, watch, ring, bracelet, etc.
- Listen carefully and respond succinctly and articulately. Look the hiring manager in the eye while speaking.
- Be sincere and truthful while focusing on communicating your specific professional achievements.
- Tell the truth about everything, if caught in a lie it could end up worse than if you explained the truth from the beginning.
- Chew gum, or come in with food/drinks. A bottle of water is okay as long as it doesn’t become a distraction.
- Don't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible.
- If you don't understand a question - or need a moment to think about it - say so. Never pretend to know something or someone when you don't.
- Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. Interviewers will want you to be convincing.
- Don't make negative remarks about present or former employers. When explaining your reasons for leaving, communicate your rationale professionally.
- Don't over-answer questions. If the interviewer steers the conversation into controversial - or even illegal - topics, try to do more listening than speaking. Keep your responses non-committal.
- Don't inquire about salary, vacations, benefits, bonuses or retirement on the initial interview unless you are sure the employer is interested in hiring you.