JOB INTERVIEW TIPS
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
Learn about the organization/department, using resources such as the Internet or local library. You can contact the organization directly and ask about their products or services, and/or check their website. In addition, you should determine the salary range for your occupation/industry by checking appropriate career information sources such as Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov).
Well in advance of your interview, contact three references to let them know you have an interview scheduled and advise them accordingly. Do not include your references on your resume. Instead, prepare a reference sheet containing the following information:
Name of Reference
Title of Reference
Name of Organization
Address of Organization
Phone number of Reference/Organization
Ms. Martha Simms
Human Resources Manager
ABC Widget Corporation
123 Main Street
Chicago, Illinois 60123
30 MINUTES BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
Take a few moments to relax and clear your mind.
Avoid arriving earlier than 10 minutes before the interview.
Be sure not to arrive late.
DURING THE INTERVIEW:
Avoid heavy colognes or perfumes.
Bring extra copies of your resume.
It is okay to ask for clarification and to take your time when answering employer’s questions.
Never speak poorly of former employers.
Avoid stating or asking about salary during initial interview. If it is unavoidable, provide a salary range.
When an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself”, he or she really means, “Why should I hire you?”
Answer this question by briefly describing:
Your enthusiasm for the job/career
Your work experience, skills, and education
Any special accomplishments
Why you believe these factors allow you to be the best candidate for the position
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
Mail or email a brief “Thank you” letter to the employer within 48 hours of your interview. This action will easily distinguish you from other applicants, as it conveys to the employer your professionalism as well as enthusiasm for the position.