Plan to arrive ten minutes early but build in extra time beyond that to allow for traffic/and or weather delays.
You must have a hard copies of your resume with you, easily accessible (the interviewer may ask for an extra to pass on to someone). Slide out of a nice, professional-looking folder.
Carry at least two pens—and make sure in advance that they work.
Shut off your phone off before you arrive. The decision not to hire is often made within the first five to fifteen minutes so don’t do anything to undermine your professional aura. Also key: a firm handshake, good eye contact, and no self-pacifying gestures like fluffing your hair.
Rehearse answers to all possible questions in advance. You don’t want to seem unsure of what you want or why you made certain professional choices.
Don’t ask personal questions of the interviewer (even if he/she seems really friendly).
Never, ever badmouth a previous boss. If the interviewer pumps you about someone who has an awful rep, you could say something like, “I know he has his critics but I learned a lot working there.”
They don’t care about your personal life or needs. They want to know you are interested in the job because you are dying to work there. Stress your excitement for the organization and share what you will bring to the position.
Save these kinds of questions until you are offered the job. Or see what you can learn from the website.
Even if there were moments in your past when you felt clueless, frame things positively. Such as, “I know my grade point average wasn’t strong, but I was really passionate about the work I did with the campus radio station and I threw a great deal of my energy into that.”
They want to know you are ready and eager for challenges.
Always come with at least three very smart questions that aren’t likely to be addressed when the interviewer describes the position. And when he/she’s answered all your questions, and then asks, “Anything else?” ask for the business. Say, “Yes, I’d like to conclude by saying how appealing I find the job and how much I’d love to work for you and show you what I can add.”
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