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In-Person Interview Tips
Be sure you know where the business is located and how to get there prior to the day of the appointment. Allow plenty of time to get there. Consider traffic and rush hour times. Don’t be late!
We recommend business professional attire for interviews, even if that is not their everyday attire.
Be prepared – “Winging it” will be seen as just that. Do the following things in preparation for your interview:
- Bring at least 2 copies of your resume even if the employer received one previously.
- If this is another step to the process – after the first interview – make sure you bring your notes from previous interviews to reference.
- Researching information about the company prior to the interview is a must.
- Prepare and rehearse answers for commonly asked interview questions ahead of time.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask. This will demonstrate your interest and ambition.
- Make a list of your best skills (at least 10). Include both technical and non-technical skills (such as oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, professionalism, working well with people, etc.).
- Do not dominate the interview. Allow the interviewer to lead. You will be given plenty of opportunities to speak. Listen carefully to the questions that are asked and sit up straight and make good eye contact.
- When answering questions, keep your answers focused on that question. Do not ramble into long answers. The interviewer will tune out if your answers are not pertinent to the question they are asking.
- Think about why that company would want to hire you and be able to state it clearly. If you need to, write it down and practice saying it.
- Demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for the position and that company. Companies want to hire people they think are genuinely excited to work for them and do the work being offered.
Never give an answer or make a statement that will raise a concern about your honesty or integrity.
Resist the urge to bad mouth previous companies you have worked for, and past supervisors or co-workers you have worked with – even if they are 100% true facts. This will only raise doubts that you were the problem. Find a way to express all past experiences in a positive way if asked about them.
Employers look at 3 main areas when considering employment candidates – Think about how you will explain or demonstrate your value in each area:
- Technical competency
- Motivation to work
- Fit with the organization’s culture or work environment
- Bring a notebook and something to write with.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get there.
- Be on time, but not more than 15 minutes early.
- Bring address and directions with you.
- Wear a suit unless specifically told otherwise. If you’re unsure, err on the side of over-dressing.
- Research the company at which you are interviewing. Relevant information can be found on the company website, LinkedIn, and other Social Media outlets, as well as online news outlets.
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