I. Before the Interview
- Have a specific job in mind.
- Learn about the company– what type of employee would they want?
- Get a copy of the job description if possible.
- Review your qualifications as they relate to the job description.
- Be prepared to answer broad questions about yourself.
- Be prepared for the question: Why should we hire you?
- Practice. Do a mock interview with a friend.
- Bring a copy of your résumé to the interview.
- Remember you have only one chance to make a good first impression.
- Dress as if you care about being hired (not too formal, not too casual).
- Do not be afraid to shake hands, smile and look the employer in the eye.
III. During the Interview
- Listen very carefully; think before talking.
- Be business-like, but remain pleasant and friendly.
- Use proper grammar and good diction.
- Be positive, but do not exaggerate your qualifications.
- Thank the employer for his or her time.
IV. After the Interview
- Send a thank you note expressing your appreciation for the time and conversation. If you are still interested in the job, convey your desire and availability for the position.