Every Interview Counts.
Make Your best first impression.
The day before the interview, make sure you print out several copies of your resume and reference lists so you have plenty available to hand to each person you interview with. If you have a portfolio, brag book or work samples, bring those with you. Finally, remember to bring a padfolio to store your resumes, a notepad and a pen (make sure that the pen works before heading in there) so you can jot down any notes (this is also great to jot down any questions you have for the interviewers, themselves). Last but not least, before walking into the company, make sure your cell phone is off and if you are chewing gum, dispose of it.
Finally, when the interview is wrapping up, make sure you “thank” the interviewer for their time and I always recommend closing with the following question: “After reviewing my resume and meeting with me today, do you have any questions or concerns with my ability to do this job?” then pause and wait for an answer. If the interviewer says “no”, ask about the next steps in the process and the timeframe in which they expect to make a decision about the position. If the answer is “yes”, make sure you ask what those concerns are and be ready to address them right then and there so they are no longer a concern of their’s. After addressing their concern, ask the interviewer “Is that still a concern of yours?” and if you have satisfied that concern, proceed to ask about the next steps in the process and the timeframe in which the employer expects to make a decision about the position. Make sure all concerns and red flags are off the table before leaving their office.
**Addressing concerns with “real life” scenarios rather than “hypotheticals” is always the best route to take. Make sure you ask that question and close each and every person you interview with. Also, make sure you ask each interviewer for a business card so you can follow-up with a “thank you”.
“Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness”.
Like the Company
Let them know your care about the business and follow them on social media.
Show up at least 15 minutes before your interview and rest up the night before. Employers know a tired candidate.
Remember your strong points
You are your best advertisement. Let them know you’re accomplished and right for the job.