- Don’t stress – be prepared!
- Before the Interview
- Learn as much as possible about the job you are interviewing for. See if the company has a website – a great source of information
- Think of three questions you may want to ask the interviewer about the job
- Do a self-inventory of your personal strengths and qualities
- Do a mock interview with a family member, friend, or teacher to prepare. Have them comment on your style and mannerisms
- GET SOME SLEEP!
Arriving for the Interview
- Your image really matters! Your physical image is very important, so ensure you dress appropriately
- Arrive 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to begin
- Greet the staff with a warm smile and firm but friendly handshake. Wait for someone to tell you to be seated
- RELAX! People can tell if you are nervous. You need to be calm, cool, and collected!
During the Interview
- Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying/asking. Ask for clarification if you are unsure what the interviewer is asking for
- Answer the question in a clear, concise manner – they know when you are trying to fake it!
- Always maintain eye contact, and always smile J
- Do not rush your answers – speak clearly
- Avoid fidgeting/playing with items. Fold your hands on your lap, sit up straight, and try to be as relaxed as possible!
After the Interview
- Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to join the company. You may also suggest the employer keep you in mind for other positions if the one you are interviewing for does not work out
- Ask when the interviewer is going to contact successful candidates (if they do not tell you)
- Send a thank-you letter via fax to the interviewer. It is a very classy touch, and may help with your chances of getting the job!