A job interview is your chance to prove that you are worth hiring. With the job market being so competitive, preparing for an interview can increase your chances of being hired. I advise to start preparing for the job when you apply. This may be time consuming, however; you will be prepared when you are called for an interview. You can do some research and make notes. There is a chance an employer will call you for an interview with the next two days. You may experience this due to the employee needing to hire someone immediately.
Arrive early: 15 minutes. Map out your travel plan prior to the interview date. Be polite to the receptionist. Develop a few icebreakers such as comments about the office or interesting pictures.
Wear a suit: It shows professionalism. You only get one time to make a good impression. Avoid loud colours, strong perfume and too much jewellery. Wearing dark coloured suits such as navy blue, gray, black or dark green are safe (both men and women).
Do not wear clothes that are too tight or not in good condition. I advise shirts to be just above the knee. Make sure your have a clean shave if applicable. Wear pantyhose. It is safe to wear a white shirt or light colored blouse (both men and women).
Carrying a briefcase makes you look serious about getting the job.
Practice your communication skills: Strong communication skills are highly desired quality employers say they want. Make sure answer questions clearly and completely. Do not interrupt or use profanity.
Prepare ahead of time: Research the company. Some managers may ask you what you think about the company and its mission. Be prepared to explain how your skills and experience fit into the job. Some employers may ask you to role-play, or explain how you would respond in certain situations.
What to bring: At least three copies of your current resume, a list of 3-5 professional references and samples of your work, if applicable (e.g,. teaching and art careers).
Ask questions: Even if the interviewer has answered all of your questions, ask at least one. Examples: How do you see the future for this industry? What are the career paths in this department? What would you consider the most important aspects of this job? Remember to ask when a final hiring decision will be made.
Remember your etiquette: Remember to shake hands, smile when appropriate, make eye contact with the interviewer and be aware of your posture. It may not hurt to have some breath mints. Shut off your cell phone.
Have positive body language: Interviews observe everything about you. They observe your attire, interview answers, body language, facial expressions, posture and gestures.
Act Upbeat: Do not use negative language (such as hate, refuse or I will not). Avoid talking about negative conflicts you had with previous co-workers. It is never wise to talk negatively about an old boss. Avoid complaining or talking about previous workplace complaints. The interviewer may see you a magnet for trouble and complaints.
Have a prepared answer for these common questions: What are your weaknesses? Avoid answers that sound like a liability. Turn the weakness into an area of strength. For example, “I do not have an extensive background in customer service, but I am eager to gain more experience and I work well with diverse groups.” What are your strengths? “I am a quick leaner, good communicator and always punctual.”
Ask about duties and challenges:
Some of these questions may be answered in the job description. What are my primary responsibilities? Can you describe a typical day? Is my work more independent or with a team? What is the growth potential? How long the training period? Is there a probationary period? Will I have any supervisory duties? Will I travel? Is my position subject to relocation? Will I be expected to work holidays or weekends?