- Research Company
- Prepare Questions
- Practice Interview
- Groom Yourself
- Retrieve Resume
- Avoid Interruptions
- Arrive Early
- Greet Interviewer
- Ask Questions
- Thank Interviewer
1. Research Company
Like any relationship, you want to do your research to know what you are getting yourself into. All companies solve a problem and have a culture. You should know the problem being solved, the company’s mission, vision, leadership, and community involvement. Keep a quick reference sheet with you during the interview.
2. Prepare Questions
All employers want you to ask questions to show your short-term and long-term interests (i.e., Are there opportunities for career advancement?). Even ask questions about their experience with career advancement at the company or why they chose to work for this company. People like to talk about themselves. If you do not care for small talk, you want to at least ask about the next step in the hiring process (i.e., May I know the next step? May I know when to expect notification of your decision?).
3. Practice Interview
Find a list of commonly asked job interview questions (according to your industry or job) online or a bookstore. Then, you must practice in a mirror or with someone else. Make sure you practice pausing before answering the question to allow yourself time to process the question and answer appropriately. If you get stuck on a question, practice saying “May I come back to this question?”. Keep your answers short, simple, and precise. My judgement would be one to three sentences unless they ask you a scenario-related question, which requires a three to five sentence answer.
4. Groom Yourself
Whether it is a video interview or in-person interview, please groom yourself and wear professional attire.
5. Retrieve Resume
Always have a copy of the resume that you submitted to the employer. You will have to refer to the resume during the interview.
6. Avoid Interruptions
Find a quiet room away from any external noises and people. Also, make sure your phone is off or on vibrate during the interview. PLEASE HAVE PAPER AND WRITING UTENSIL TO TAKE NOTES DURING THE JOB INTERVIEW. Please inform the interviewer that you will be taking notes during the interview (even if you are using electronic devices to record notes).
7. Arrive Early
If you are interviewing in-person, arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete the sign-in process and settle in. If you are interviewing by video or phone, arrive at least 10 minutes early to prepare a quiet room and quickly review the company information and your resume.
8. Greet Interviewer
Always use the interviewer’s name when you introduce yourself.
9. Ask Questions
Review the question you have prepared. Check off the questions the interviewer already answered. Then, proceed with asking the remaining questions. Do not forget to write the answers down.
10. Thank Interviewer
Thank the interviewer using his or her name (1) at the end of the job interview and (2) in a follow up Thank You email or postcard within one to two days after the interview.
If you need any additional advice or assistance, feel free to contact me, Career Readiness Coach, Tish Pope by clicking here.