The interview is often the most difficult and stressful part of getting a new job but by preparing for it ahead of time and offering the right answers, you can get through it successfully and give yourself the best chance. The key to a good interview is preparing, practicing, and researching the company. All of these things combined will help improve your job interview process.
The way you dress shows how serious you are about the job. Even if the company is a business casual environment, you should dress to impress. Showing up for an interview in a t-shirt and jeans shows you don’t care much about getting the job. However if you dress in a suit and tie or blouse and slacks, you’re appearing professional and ready to tackle the job at hand.
Bring Necessary Paperwork
The night before, be sure you have everything ready in your briefcase or folder you plan to bring to your interview. Even though they probably have a copy of your resume, bring along at least 2 more copies. Put several pens for filling out an application in your purse or briefcase, and bring other necessary items like your social security card, driver’s license, and portfolio if it pertains to the job you’re applying for. Don’t forget to write down the person who will be interviewing you, along with the address and directions of the company.
Arrive on Time
You should know where the company is and how to get there, so there is no reason you’re late. Arrive 10-15 minutes early but no earlier than 15 minutes before the time of your interview. You want to allow sufficient time for traffic, parking, and filling out an application but you don’t want to cause an inconvenience to the hiring manager who might not be ready for you a half hour before your interview time.
Research the Company
Take some time before your interview to research the company so that during the interview you can provide intelligent and insightful answers. When they ask if you have further questions, take the moment to show you have researched their company to the best of your abilities and want to learn more. Knowing more about the company also helps during the interview because you will know what types of questions they might ask. Also go back and review the job description before the interview as some guidance to other questions they might ask.