How to Prepare and Go On a Job Interview

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  1. Ok, so you’ve got the call for the interview. I wanted to mention that when you get the call, if you get any input on the time of the interview, schedule it when you are at your peak of the day. I am a morning person and find that I am at my best between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., so that is something to consider. If you schedule it later in the day or after work, you might be burnt out by then.
  2. Next, I go to the company website of the company I am going to interview at. You can do a simple google search to find them. You want to know as much about that company when you go to the interview as you can. You can even find some bios on the managers of that company for review.
  3. One thing I have created that will make you stand out from the others is an “Interview Binder” all about me. I will keep a couple copies of my resume and reference sheets in it to hand out when I get to the interview. Make sure you have at least 3-4 copies because I noticed when you interview these days, you are interviewing with several people or in a group interview. In this binder I have created sections: 1) Current or Previous Job Duties (this shows them what you were doing and what your skills are). 2) Letters of Recommendation. 3) Compliment Emails, I noticed I had a lot of them at my previous job, so I highlighted the compliments and put the emails in my binder. 4) Certificates of training, awards, high school diploma. I usually put everything in sheet protectors as a lot of people will be going through this binder and you want it to last and look nice.
  4. The day of the interview dress professional or appropriate for the job you interviewing for. I always suggest a jacket for both men and women. Also, women should not wear open toe shoes, I found that most offices don’t allow it.
  5. Arrive early for the interview and be prepared. Bring your binder. Be prepared to answer questions such as “What are your future goals?” “Give an example of a difficult person you dealt with in your previous job?” “How did you handle a crisis?” and so on. One question you should ask near the end of the interview is when they are going to make their decision and when they want the person to start the job? During the interview try to keep eye contact and always be upbeat and positive with anything you say.
  6. When the interview is wrapping up, always ask for a business card of the people you have interviewed with. You will want to send a “Thank You” letter afterwards. I would recommend sending it within 1-2 days after the interview. It should thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule to interview you. Also, remind them of why you would be perfect for the job and wrap it up with how you look forward to hearing from them soon.
  7. Once you have sent your thank you letter out, sit back and wait for the call with the job offer. If you do not hear anything after a week or two or after the time they told you they were making their decision, I would send a quick email that you are touching base and checking on the status of the job. Good luck!
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