Interview Tips

Tip #1
RESEARCH! Prior to your interview, research the company and the person(s) you will be meeting.  You can gain valuable information off of the Internet.  Most companies have their own website with information on their history, benefits, location, etc.  You should also take this time to get directions to the interviewing location as well as any parking recommendations.

Tip #2
ARRIVE ON TIME! There is no excuse for arriving late to an interview late.  Use a traffic oriented online map to view traffic conditions prior to your interview.  It is recommended that you check the traffic conditions days before your interview at the same time you will make your commute in order to calculate your travel time.  Make sure you allow time for construction or other unforeseen circumstances.  Be sure to take cash for parking.  All of this will help you make sure you arrive on time or a few minutes early.  It is not ideal to arrive more than 15 minutes early to any appointment.  However, 15 minutes early is ideal in order to find the building, suite, introduce yourself to reception and allow time for completing paperwork.

Tip #3 
DOCUMENT!  After you have researched the company and gathered all of their information, take time to gather your thoughts.  Compose a few questions to ask during the interview that are related to the company and/or its performance.  You may consider asking the following questions:
-Why is the position open?
-When does the position need to be filled?
-What is the most important skill set for this position?  

Also, make sure you are confident and prepared when answering the following questions:
-Why are you looking for a new opportunity?
-What were your reasons for leaving your past positions?
-What do you know about our company and this position?
-Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
-What are your strengths and weaknesses?
-What is your salary requirement?

Tip #4
DRESS THE PART! No matter what the dress code is for a company, it is always important to make an excellent first impression.  Make sure you dress in a conservative suit.  Men should wear a solid dark color suit, such as black or navy, with a tie, jacket, and nice dress shoes.  Women should wear solid dark colors as well, such as black or navy pants or skirt suits, with nice dress shoes.  Keep your hair, nails and teeth neat and clean.  If you have hair past your shoulders, you may want to pull it back.  Do not wear heavy perfume or cologne.  Do not wear flashy jewelry, makeup or accessories.  Make sure your nails are clean and groomed. Make sure you do not have any visible body piercing beyond conservative ear piercing for women.  Make sure you do not have any visible tattoos. No gum, candy or liquids should be included in your interview.

Tip #5
BE PREPARED!  Make sure you bring several copies of your resume, transcripts, writing samples, reference contacts (with complete phone number and/or email addresses) and letters of recommendation.  It is likely you will meet several people in the company.  You should offer each person a copy of your resume if they are a part of the interviewing process.  Arriving to an interview without these documents is unacceptable.  Also, if you are asked to complete an application, complete it fully.  Do not ever put, "see resume".  You are not impressing anyone by writing, "see resume". 

Tip #6
SHOW INTEREST! While interviewing, make sure you answer all questions completely and confidently.  Speak clearly and make eye contact.  Do not shrug your shoulders, slouch or look in another direction while speaking.  Keep your hands in front of you or take notes while listening.  Notes should be taken with pen and paper that you have handy. You should not use your cell phone to take notes or to review questions, etc.  Keep your phone turned on silent and out of site during the interview.  If you are truly interested in the position and all that you have learned during the interview, state that you want the job.  So many times clients worry that the candidate was not interested based on comments made or comments not made during the interview.  Clients want to know that you want them as much as they want you!

Tip #7
FOLLOW UP! After the interview, thank everyone for their time and state that you look forward to hearing from them.  Be sure to request business cards so you can write thank you letters to each individual.   If you are unable to obtain business cards, take note of their names and titles.  Follow up with the front desk or your recruiter to get the correct spelling of each name.  Write a short thank you card to each person you met and state your interest in the position.  Make sure you proofread the contact information and note prior to sending it.

Tip #8
Call your recruiter to follow up and give your feedback from the interview.