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.

Preparation

  • 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.

Personal appearance

  • Be well groomed.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Do not chew gum or smoke.

The Interview

  • 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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