Workforce Solutions Panhandle Star TOP 10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW Workforce Solutions Panhandle Star

  1. Plan for the interview several days ahead of time. Make sure you know where the company is located and where to park. Make any necessary arrangements such as time off from work, childcare, or transportation.
  2. Put together your interview “toolkit”. Have copies of all information that you have submitted to the employer; a master application if you have not previously filled out an application for the employer; copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation, your reference list, and a note pad and pen. Organize everything in a light briefcase or portfolio.
  3. Carefully select the clothes you will wear and make sure they are clean and pressed. The best advice we have heard from an employers is, dress for the job you want.
  4. Do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the company and the position before the interview. This will give you an edge when answering their questions and in forming questions of your own.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep before the interview. Yawning during an interview is never good.
  6. Arrive 10 minutes early and be friendly to everyone you meet. Co-workers will often share their impressions with the person conducting the interview.
  7. Greet the interviewer with a warm smile and firm handshake, and call them by their name.
  8. Answer the interviewer’s questions truthfully. It’s ok to think before answering and to ask for clarification if you do not understand the question.
  9. If something negative in your work history comes up, use it as an opportunity to demonstrate that you have learned from the experience. Explain what you have done or will do to make sure you don’t repeat your mistake.
  10. Above all else, keep a positive, up-beat attitude throughout the interview. Employers often hire for attitude and train for skills. Be sure to thank the interviewer for the opportunity and shake hands before leaving.

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