- Make sure you know where you are going and who you are meeting with.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- After the interview, follow up with the employer to thank them for taking the time to meet with you.
- Dress appropriately (see above)
What questions to expect (prepare your answers beforehand!)
- “Describe yourself.” Or “Tell me a bit about yourself.” This is often the first question. It's a tricky one because it is so broad. Make your answer short and sweet.
- “Why do you want this job?”
- “What makes you a good candidate for this position?”
- “What do you know about this company?”
- “What are some of your strengths & weaknesses?”
- “How do you deal with situations where you were working under pressure?”
- “Do you have any questions for me?” It is good to come prepared with a few questions to ask the employer. This could, for instance, be: "Please tell me more about the work environment here" or "What is the biggest concern your organization is facing right now and how could I help be part of the solution?"
What NOT to say
- "How much time off do I get?" – It’s alright to ask about pay and time off but you don’t want to make it seem like that is all you care about.
- "It's on my resume." Instead, say: "As you saw on my resume, I ..." (this is your chance to elaborate on what you introduced in your resume).
- Try not to say "uhm", "like" a lot.
- "I don't really know what to say." It's okay to be caught off-guard with a question you weren’t expecting. You can take some time to think it through or ask to get back to that question later. If the question is unclear, ask the interviewer to rephrase it. However, if you don't know something, it is often better to admit that than to make up a weak answer on the spot.
Making a good impression
- Know the name of who you are having the interview with. If possible, find out (e.g. via Google), who they are and what they have done.
- Dress classy, not trashy.
- Expect the unexpected. The interview might not go exactly as you imagined. That's okay. Don't stress about it and move on. How you respond to unexpected situations will show the interviewer your true character.
- Speak clearly and confidently.
- Show enthusiasm and interest in the job.
- Keep good eye contact.
- Be yourself!
- Smile :)
The day of the interview is finally here! This section discusses how you can best prepare for a strong and successful interview.
Dress for Success
Check out these infographs to find out what to wear for your interview (click on the image to view the full version).