1.RESEARCH THE ORGANIZATION
Find out some basic information about the organization before you go for the interview. Search for any recent
press releases you should know about. You will be in a better position to ask intelligent questions and you will
impress the interviewer with your initiative and your knowledge of the organization.
2.RESEARCH THE JOB
Employers often list more qualifications in the job posting than can realistically be met by most potential
candidates. Frequently, this is done as a pre-screening device in order to reduce the number of applicants for the
position by setting up artificial barriers. You should not allow this to discourage you or prevent you from pursuing
3.GO OVER YOUR RESUME
Know your resume like the back of your hand. If you answer a question based on your resume incorrectly, you can
lose all credibility with the employer. Make sure you know the dates of employment for your previous employers.
Your resume should be as close to perfect as possible.
4.PREPARE AND ANTICIPATE QUESTIONS
Anticipate questions that may be asked of you in an interview. Prepare answers beforehand to some of the more
difficult questions. This does not mean memorizing responses or writing a script. It does mean planning the points
you want to make. Also, prepare questions you would like to ask the employer.
- Be ready to support your answers with specific examples
- Make sure your questions are open ended, it will allow for more conversation to open up
- Elaborate with your answers, paint a picture by sharing examples vs. just answering a question
5.PRACTICE GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
It is important that you use good communication skills during the interview. Focus on the following:
- Presenting yourself in a positive and confident manner
- Offering a firm handshake
- Speaking clearly and effectively
- Listening attentively and maintaining eye contact
- Avoiding the use of unnecessary verbal and non-verbal distractions
Dress professionally for the interview. Remember that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
Your appearance should be neat and clean, pressed and polished. Conservative business attire is appropriate for
Plan to arrive about fifteen minutes early. Check in with the interviewer or the secretary about five to ten minutes
prior to your scheduled appointment. Take advantage of this time to get a feel for the work environment by
observing the surroundings and interactions among staff.
- To be early, is to be on time.
- To be on time, is to be late.
- To be late, is inappropriate