Interview Tips

Preparation

  • Research the company website in depth - look at each section thoroughly - be prepared
  • Research the company through other websites - Google, Hoovers, Yahoo, etc.
  • Write down questions you have regarding the company that you can bring up during the interview

Appearance

  • Remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
  • Wear professional, conservative attire that is clean, ironed, and sophisticated
  • Avoid visual distractions, for example: do not wear a distracting tie; do not apply heavy makeup; do not spray too much cologne/perfume; do not wear high heels, etc. Simple yet professional is key.

What to Bring

  • At least two copies of your resume
  • A copy of the job description
  • Pad of paper, a couple of pens, and a couple of pencils
  • A form of ID (driver's license)
  • Do not bother with a laptop, excessively big briefcase/purse, or too many bags

Arrival

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to interview time
  • Politely introduce yourself to the receptionist, ask his/her name and remember it
  • Turn all cell phones, PDAs, pagers, etc. off

During the Interview

  • Do not bring up salary as it may appear that you are only focused on compensation
  • If you are asked about your current salary, state that your salary requirements fall within the criteria of the job description, but do not be specific - this may limit the amount you receive from the hiring company
  • If the interviewer asks if you have any questions, do not say "no." This may be interpreted like you're not interested in the company. Ask questions based on prior research of the company. Also, ask any questions that will clarify what was said during the interview
  • Upon conclusion, ask for a business card, firmly shake the interviewer's hand with a smile and thank him or her for taking the time to interview you

After the Interview

  • Thank the receptionist by his or her name
  • Send a thank you note to the interviewer via email that is well written and professional
  • Follow up with a phone call or email after a few days to check on the status of the position
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