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Congratulations! You've spent hours writing cover
letters and submitting your resume for jobs and now
you've landed an interview.
The very idea of heading in to meet the hiring manager
can be incredibly stressful. An interview can feel like a test
where you will be asked questions, and if you fail to answer
correctly, you're out.
In reality, an interview should be a conversation. It's an
opportunity to show who you are and to find out more about
the job and if it's a good fit for both parties. To get ready for
your next interview simply sit back, relax and take in these
15 tips for interview success.
• 1. Allow for plenty of time. Make sure to schedule your in-
terview with plenty of time to spare. If you're currently
employed, you won't want to feel the need to rush in or out.
• 2. Prepare for common interview questions. Although you
don't want to memorize answers, it's a good idea to practice
answering common questions so that you won't be caught
• 3. Learn about the company. Be prepared to talk about why
you like the company and to be familiar with what they do,
especially if you want to join in.
• 4. Get a good night’s rest. It’s hard to sleep when you’re
nervous, and it's common to want to stay up prepping the
night before. But it’s best to get yourself to bed early so that
you're well rested.
• 5. Dress better than you would at work. If the job requires
jeans and a T-shirt, wear khakis and a polo to the interview.
If it requires a button-down and slacks, wear a suit. Try not
to over or under dress.
• 6. Eat a healthy meal or snack. You’ll feel better and avoid
rumbling stomach noises, which can be distracted and send
the wrong message.
• 7. Arrive fifteen minutes early. Don’t show up too early and
definitely don't show up late. The time you arrive sends a
strong impression about the kind of punctuality that can
be expected on the job, so represent yourself well.
• 8. Treat everyone like they’re the interviewer. From the
second you park your car, be ready to be interviewed. Be
especially nice to the receptionist, since the way you treat
interiors can say a lot about you to your interviewer.
• 9. Bring several copies of your resume. Although everyone
you meet will probably already have a copy, having them
on hand just in case will make you seem polished and pro-
fessional, and leaves a good impression.
• 10. Start strong. The question may be worded differently, but
you'll surely be asked to tell the interviewer a bit about your-
self. Decide what message you want to send and practice it.
• 11. Stay on topic. Talk about yourself, professionally, and
then stop. Don’t mention specifics about your personal life,
and be careful what details you share. You have no idea what
biases may exist, so it's best to keep to the scope.
• 12. Try to remain calm. You may be nervous, but take a few
deep breaths and try not to let it show. You may want to
write yourself a mantra to remember you are qualified --
they never would have asked you to come in if they weren't
interested in you.
• 13. Avoid discussing money or benefits. You’re probably
curious, but don’t bring it up if they don’t. You shouldn’t
be worrying about money until they're offering you the job.
• 14. Be prepared with questions of your own. Interviewers want
to see what you care about, but more importantly, you should
find out if this job is good for you. Make a list of your important
considerations beforehand so you'll know what to ask.
• 15. Follow-up appropriately. Start with a thank you note.
An e-mail is great since it's quick, but a handwritten note
can sometimes be even better when you want to add a per-
MAKE THE INTERVIEW WORK FOR YOU
A job interview should be more than an audition. Although
you'll want to put your best face forward and show the inter-
viewers what an asset you can be, this is also your opportunity
to learn more about the job.
Think about what you really want in a job and what you
don't want, and use this time to find out if this position fits
your wants and needs. If the job is one you'd love you'll be
glad that you've followed these tips for interview victory.
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