Job Interview Tips
All of us, at one time or another, have gone through the interviewing process. It may be a very
stressful time, or it may be an opportunity for you to really “cinch” that job. Being prepared for
this event is one of the most important steps you can take in securing a job.
Once you have submitted your resume and an employer likes what they see, the next step may be
for you to come in for a “face to face” interview. This is the time when you can actually “cinch”
that job. You need to be sure to make a good impression on the person you are interviewing
with. There are some important tips to keep in mind when actually meeting your new potential
BE ON TIME
If you are late for your interview, it will very likely knock you out of the running. Even if you
have a good excuse, it will not be good enough. Being late the very first time the employer asks
to see you will show that it was not that important to you that you be on time. It will be taken as
an indication that you will most likely be late to work as well.
Make sure you tell the truth. Never lie either verbally or on your resume, most employers will
check you out thoroughly if they are interested in you. A lie will knock you out of the running,
BE DRESSED APPROPRIATELY
Not all interviews require that one be dressed in a suit. Dress appropriately for the particular job
you are seeking. At all times, appear neat, clean and well dressed. For example, if you are a
man who is interviewing for a manufacturing position, it is acceptable to wear a pair of nice
pants and an ironed shirt, or if you are a woman trying for a receptionist position, you would
wear something appropriate to wear to work and greet the public.
KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPANY YOU ARE INTERVIEWING WITH
Do some homework. Make it your business to do a little research about the company you are
interviewing with. Have an idea about what they do, how large they are, what their annual sales
might be, if they are publicly or privately held, and if possible, what their values are. This
knowledge will also help you determine if you want to work for them, too.
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE THE GUEST
Be cordial. Extend your hand for a warm but firm handshake. Allow the interviewer to run the
interview. Let that person talk first and give you as much information as they want. Ask
questions only when appropriate or when asked. Keep your questions related to the job. You
need to make sure the person goes away with the feeling that it is the job you are interested in.
Ask good questions. Have them be related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Engage the interviewer in a discussion about the particular position to be sure you understand
what the expectations are. Also ask about the company itself. Do not make salary your primary
focus although, in some cases, it may be OK to ask what the salary range is. It is appropriate to
ask about their benefit program, career advancement, and when they may be looking for this
position to be filled. Be energetic and interested without being aggressive.
EXITING FROM THE INTERVIEW
Know when it’s time to “wrap up”. Look for this hint from your interviewer such as pushing
back from the desk, standing up, etc. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time. Express
your interest in the position. You may ask when it would be a good time to get back to them.
Leave with a smile and a firm handshake.
DO YOUR FOLLOW UP
Always follow up with a thank you note expressing your appreciation for the interview and your
interest in the position. Be sure to get the correct spelling of the person’s name and company
name. If you have been told they will contact you, let them do so. If you were told you could
call in 10 days, make sure you do just that.
Remember that the interview is the time for you to really “sell” yourself. Take full opportunity
of this time. Be on time, honest, interested, informed and cordial.