to do before the interview:
by the day before.
the prospective employer.
out what the essential responsibilities of the job are before
or right away in the interview.
along copies of your resume, transcripts, examples of your work.
down (before the interview) interviewer's name, location, time,
up 10 to 15 minutes early.
a list of questions.
At the interview:
- Be friendly with the receptionist.
- Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
- Have a firm handshake.
- Use body language to show interest, have eye contact.
- Smile, nod, give nonverbal feedback to the interviewer.
interviews begin with the question, "Tell me about yourself." Talk
about your accomplishments, skills and abilities - NOT your childhood,
family, or hobbies.
- Interviewers are often trying to determine if you will mesh
well with the personalities of the office.
- Talk with pride, honesty, confidence. Be positive. Sell yourself.
- Show what you can do for the company. You know what skills
the manager's looking for. So, explain how you can help get the
- Use examples. Don't give just yes or no answers.
- Show that you're a team player.
- Ask about the next step in the process. Ask questions, show
together a closing statement. When the interview is coming
to a close - Summarize your strengths. Explain why
you should be hired. Ask for the job.
- Thank the interviewer.
- Write a thank-you letter to anyone you have spoken to.