1. Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, and Job Opportunity- Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge
on the job seeker’s part. You should understand the employer, the
requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people)
interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the more you’ll
understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer
2. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Your Responses - Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions.
First, ask the hiring manager as to the type of interview to expect.
Will it be one-on-one or in a group? Will it be with one person, or will
you meet several members of the organization? Your goal is to try to
determine what you’ll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise
responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments. A good
tool for remembering your responses is to put them into a story form
that you can tell in the interview. No need to memorize responses (in
fact, it’s best not to), but do develop talking points.
3. Dress for Success - Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving
for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that
it’s always better to be overdressed than under — and to wear clothing
that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a
minimum. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview — and if
possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash. Find more detailed advice —
including specifics for men and women job seekers.
4. Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview - There is no excuse ever for arriving late to an interview. Short of a
disaster, strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled
interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to
get settled. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the
dynamics of the workplace.
5. Make Good First Impressions - A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be polite and offer warm greetings
to everyone you meet — from the parking attendant to the receptionist
to the hiring manager. Employers often are curious how job applicants
treat staff members — and your job offer could easily be derailed if
you’re rude or arrogant to any of the staff. When it’s time for the
interview, keep in mind that first impressions — the impression
interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you — can make or
break an interview.