The job interview gives you the candidate a chance to present your skills and qualifications to a potential employer, so it is essential to be well prepared. Below you will find some general information that will help during the interview process.
- Research as much information about the company or organization.
- Have a particular position in mind when attending the interview.
- Understand your qualifications for the job.
- Be prepared to share your experience, and how it will relate to the position.
- Be able to answer questions the interviewer may have for you.
- Take time to practice the interview.
- Be well groomed.
- Dress appropriately.
- Do not chew gum or smoke.
- Arrive early to the interview
- Be sure to learn the name of the interviewer and shake their hand firmly.
- Use proper English-avoid using slang terms.
- Use your best manners with everyone you come in contact with.
- Make sure you relax and answer each question clearly.
- Be sure to have a positive attitude.
- Watch your non verbal body language. Make eye contact and don’t slouch.
- Prepare some questions ahead of time to ask about the position.
- Also try to avoid asking questions about salary and potential benefits.
- Remember to thank the interviewer, and shake hands.
- Follow up by sending a short professional thank you note following your interview.
Information to bring with you to an interview
- Resume. Some employers may not require a resume, but it is always good practice to be able to present a professional list of information such as education, previous training and prior employment.
- Have a Government-issued ID with you.
- Social Security card.
- Be sure to have a list of References with you. General practice is about three. Always ask your references permission first, and make sure they will provide a
positive reference for you.
- Some employers may require transcripts. They will use these to determine your educational background.
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