Step 1: Dress for Success.
Bottom line, you can never be overdressed for a job interview. Unless you hear otherwise, plan on wearing a business suit. Men, wear a tie.
Whatever you wear, make sure you will be comfortable in it during the interview, and make sure it’s not shabby and wrinkled.
Step 2: Bring your Sales Material
You are here to represent yourself. Bring multiple copies of your resume, in case more than one person asks for it. Also have a list of personal and professional references on hand if requested.
Step 3: Don’t be late, be EARLY
You should arrive no later than five minutes early to the interview.
Being ready in advanceâ€”but not too far–always makes a good impression. Heed my advice, children: Never arrive late.
Figure out in advance where to park, which elevator to use, and how much walking you will have to do in between. This could make the difference between getting there five minutes early, or fifteen minutes late!
Also, no gumâ€¦and try to smell good.
Step 4: Use the Confidence
The moment you arrive, you have essentially started the interview. Give a confident smile to the receptionist as you walk in. If you’re lucky, they’ll remember that. Take every opportunity to make an impression on everyone you see or meet.
Step 5: Body Movin’
Be sure to give a firm handshake and make good eye contact with your interviewer. This is a sign of a good listener, and a responsive worker. Also watch your postureâ€”nobody wants to hire a slouch.
Hand gestures that are open and in movement are recommended over a closed posture that might show insecurity.
Step 6: Ask Questions
Have a few questions ready about the company or position. It shows you did your research, and darn it, you care.
Step 7: The Graceful Exit
When the interview has concluded, gather your portfolio and thank your interviewer. Shake hands and off you go. Don’t linger, it’s annoying. As a wise man once said, â€œBe quick, but don’t hurry.â€
Step 8: The Follow Up
Two days after your interview, it is a good idea to follow up by phone or email. This is an opportunity to thank them for considering you, and to let them know that you are very interested in the position.
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