Preparing for an Interview

Being prepared is the key to a successful interview. Your interviewer will evaluate your work history, prior experience, educational background, and previous training as well as your motivation, attitude, and personality. Based on their evaluation, they will determine whether or not you fit into their company's environment. From the very beginning, your focus should be to obtain a job offer. You can always turn down an offer, but only if you’ve been given one!

 

Here are some additional tips and pointers. (Click on each tip for a more in-depth explanation.)

  • Research the company prior to your interview.
  • Always arrive at your interview on time. Being late will indicate your future likelihood of being late to work.
  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake.
  • Maintain good eye contact, smile, and be friendly.
  • Be an active participant. Ask questions and be involved.
  • Watch your language. Avoid swearing or degrading comments.
  • Refrain from talking about benefits or pay. Your experienced recruiter will handle this for you. Be prepared to explain any gaps in employment or your reasons for leaving past companies.
  • Never say anything negative about your past employers. This reveals a complaining attitude and indicates what you would say about your prospective employer should you leave.
  • Always thank the employer for their time and for the interview.
  • Most importantly, ask for the job. Many times, not getting a job offer is because of the interviewee’s failure to ask for the position. You may only get one chance!