We’ll open the doors for you, but it’s up to you to walk through those doors into the career of your dreams.
The most successful candidates share these characteristics:
- Well-documented work experience
- Marketable skills
- Positive attitude
- Solid work habits
- Realistic salary expectations
- Favorable references
- Proof of educational pursuits
- Flexible availability for interviews
- Commitment to seeking a new career
- Be prepared to make your best impression every time you meet with prospective employers.
The interview is your chance to make a lasting impression with potential employers. These tips have proven successful in helping candidates land the job.
Prior to the interview:
- Research the company, its products and its services.
- Prepare, in writing, any questions regarding the company and the position.
- Double-check the location and time of the interview.
- Know the name and title of the interviewer. Learn the correct spelling and pronunciation of his or her name.
- Take your current resume and any letters of recommendation.
At the interview:
- Arrive at least five minutes early. Allow extra time for traffic and other delays.
- Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake.
- Display a positive, professional attitude.
- Maintain good eye contact.
- Address any relevant work history you feel directly applies to the position and the company.
- Offer your references and verification of education.
- Wait to respond until the interviewer has finished speaking.
- Do not rush your responses or give the impression that you are in a hurry.
- Do not use inappropriate language, including slang, profanity and obscure acronyms.
- Do not exaggerate your experience or education.
- Never speak negatively about a previous employer.
- When asked about compensation, reply, “I am open to your best offer.”
- If asked to fill out an employment application form, do so completely and accurately. Write “Open” if asked for salary requirements.
- At the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewer for his or her time and courtesy and express your interest in the position.
- As soon as you can after the interview, send a thank-you note to the interviewer. If you are aware that this is a confidential hire, however, do not send a thank-you note.
- Appearances count
A negative first impression will detract from the interviewer’s impression of you and will linger in his or her mind. Follow these guidelines to avoid being put at a disadvantage in the selection process:
- Wear professional, conservative clothing.
- Do not wear clothing that might be considered inappropriate or offensive.
- Do not apply an excessive amount of cologne.
- Use good posture. Avoid slouching in a chair.
- Do not wear a heavy coat during the interview.
- Do not wear excess jewelry or cosmetics.
- Do not eat, drink, chew gum or smoke during the interview.