Employment Interview Tips

Interview Tips

Prepare yourself.
Looking for employment is a full-time job. Make sure you have all of your information from your previous employers, including Name of Company (spelled correctly), Address, Phone, your job title, name of supervisor, dates you were employed, wages, your social security number and card, your ID.

Know yourself.
What are your interests and qualifications?  Your potential employer will want to know, so be prepared to talk about them briefly, intelligently and clearly during the interview.

Know something about the employer
Before you make an appointment for a job interview, find out whatever you can about the company. The more you know about the company the better able you will be to suggest ways you can be of service to your potential employer once hired.

Check your personal appearance.
Before you leave for the interview, check your appearance. Dress for the job looking like you are ready to go to work. No cologne or perfume. If your potential employer is allergic you can be sure you won’t get a call back. No large jewelry, nose rings, or tongue rings. Employers might concentrate on those items and not on your qualifications. No hats, dew rags, bandannas or any head covering. Make sure your hair is neat and clean before you leave. Clean and trim your nails, and if you must wear nail polish make it clear. Make your fashion statements after you have the job and know the rules of appearance.

Go to the interview ALONE.
Employers are interested in you. In the way you present yourself. They don’t want to hear what your relatives or friends think of your qualifications. They will judge for themselves.

Arrive early.
Get to the interview 10 minutes early. Make sure beforehand that you know the best way to get to the interview. Don’t wait until the day of the interview to get directions and check if they are correct.

Present yourself in a straightforward manner. Let the receptionist know who you are and the name of the person you wish to see. *Make sure you know the name of the interviewer before you arrive.

Be alert during the interview.
Sit up straight and look alert during the interview. Try to be at ease so you can answer your potential employer’s questions in a businesslike manner. (Don’t use slang terms).

Think before you answer.
Think before answering questions. Be polite, accurate, honest and direct. The employer is especially interested in your experience and training that fits you to the job for which you are applying. Be prepared to answer questions like:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • Tell me about your work experience?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Did you use any special tools?
  • Have you done any volunteer work for community organizations, at school, or at home?
  • Do you have any hobbies that would help you on the job?

Just be sure to answer all questions to the best of your ability in an honest, polite manner.

Don’t lie on your application, resume, cover letter or during the interview
It will only come back to haunt you. If you don’t know how to do something, let the employer know but also let them know that you are willing to learn.

Thank the interviewer.
Make sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time. Make sure you have the name(s) written down and the correct spelling.

Write a thank you note.
This will keep your name at the front of the interviewer’s mind. Plus it might be just the edge you need to push your name a little higher than another interviewee with the same skills. The employer might not notice if you don’t send a thank you note but they will remember you if you do.