Forward Blog’s “It’s Interview Time!” gives good tips on preparing for your job interview:
Now is when you truly have to make yourself stand out from the other job candidates because, most likely, all of the interviewees are somewhat on the same level in terms of experience, education, ect. The recruiter/hiring manager is facing a difficult decision distinguishing who would be best fit for the job at hand. He or she wants nothing more than for you to “weed” yourself out in the job interview. Interview preparation is a key area in which you can avoid being one of the weed-out job candidates.
In the eyes of the interviewer, preparation means caring. Don’t get me wrong, you do not want to seem over-rehearsed, but you do want to give the impression that you have done your homework so to speak. Research the company and the position and incorporate your findings into your interview answers if possible. This builds your credibility with the interviewer.
Before you even sit down in the interview chair, your interview has already begun. What time did you arrive for your scheduled interview? Did you bring the necessary paperwork? How are your dressed? Do you appear relaxed and in-control or frazzled and nervous? These are key questions to consider before you even meet the interviewer.
- ALWAYS arrive to your interview early.
- Depending upon the type of job you are applying for, it might be necessary to bring certain paperwork. No matter what the job, it is always a good idea to bring a portfolio containing extra copies of your resume and copies of your reference sheet.
- Interview dress is also very important. Remember the saying “It is always better to overdress than to underdress.”
- Another important thing to remember in your interview preparation is to prepare to ask questions.