Interview Time: Tips to Make Your Next One a Success

Posted June 17, 2015 by

As a job seeker, you have put a lot of time and energy into your job search.  However, you have not received any responses until now.  Congratulations on landing a job interview!  While you are really excited, you must focus on doing great in the interview.  After all, your primary goal is to get the job.  Let’s look at some tips to make this meeting a success.

Research rules – Don’t forget to do your research.  Understanding what a company does and the job you have applied for will prepare you for potential questions in your interview and let the interviewer know that you are serious this opportunity.  Visit the company website and other online resources such as social media for information.  Consider even going by your potential employer, and talking to people to get feedback.

Bring the necessities – There are certain things you should remember to bring on the day of your interview.  One is multiple copies of your resume.  This is a good idea in case the interviewer has misplaced yours and/or if there is more than one interviewer in the room.  Another item to bring is a list of your own interview questions.  Make sure they are relevant to the company and job you are interested in, and are not ones you could have easily found the answers to.  Also, bring a professional appearance to the interview.  Find out about the dress code so you can dress to impress.

Attend all interview opportunities – Why?  You will improve your skills and confidence each time, which should eventually get you hired.

Landing a job interview is your chance to prove that you are the best candidate for a certain job.  While securing one of these meetings is exciting, how you perform is what really counts.  By using the tips above, you will prepare for a successful interview.

This post is an excerpt from Melissa’s new book, The Girl’s Guide: Getting the Hang of Your Whole Complicated, Unpredictable, Impossibly Amazing Life. Times are tough. Job interviews are in short supply. Lucky-ducky you, then, for even getting an interview! Of course, once you score an interview, you immediately begin to second-guess everything about the job


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