“Hooray! I’ve got a job interview. After all the resumes without even getting a response, you’ve got the chance to prove you’re the right candidate for the job.
Put your job interview skills to work:
1. Select your outfit. Don’t wake-up the morning of the interview to find your good luck shirt is in the laundry or the heel on your pumps is broken. Get your clothes ready for the day from the foundations out.
2. Be rested. one of the simplest job interview strategies is getting to bed early the night before. You will awake fresh with presence of mind. Not only do you want to look your best, you want to be at your best. No partying or late nights.
3. Dress professionally. Present a professional image no matter what the job, retail, service or blue collar job, dress conservatively for an interview. This is not the time to express the outer edges of your personality. It is always a safe bet to present yourself in the traditional dark navy, black or grey suit. Jewelry and accessories such as shoes, handbags and briefcases, should be clean and in good repair. If you are a woman, keep your make-up understated and neutral.
4. Check your route. Prior to the day of the interview, plan your route to the location. Even using a GPS can present obstacles of traffic, detours and road changes if your device isn’t properly updated. If you have time, drive the route at the time of day you’ll be travelling. If a school is nearby, be mindful of the additional volume caused by school buses and parents picking-up their children can create.
5. Arrive early. Often employers will present applications and other paperwork to be completed. Arriving fifteen (15) minutes ahead of time will give you that added time. Just a few moments to spare will allow you to compose yourself and present a relaxed, unhurried candidate for employment and demonstrates that you are a person who can be relied upon to be on-time to work.
6. Review your own resume. In this way, you can better recall the points about your skills, experience and talents that you may want to focus on and highlight. It will allow you to present yourself in the best light.
7. Take your resume. It’s always a good idea to pack 1 or 2 extra resumes. Of course you submitted a resume online, but now you can impress the interviewer with a fresh copy on good quality paper. You can use it to focus on selected strengths you want to highlight.
8. Do your homework. Check-out the website of the company with whom you are interviewing. Be knowledgeable about the company and the position. This tells the interviewer that you have considered the position, not just looking for the first job that comes along.
9. Ask questions. be ready to ask one or two questions of the interviewer. Ask about the typical day on the job; ask what attributes the company is looking for in a new employee in that position.
10. Relax. Now that you’ve done all your pre-planning, you can enter the interview environment with confidence and enthusiasm.
Using these tips will help you avoid job interview blunders and distinguish you from the crowd of job seekers.