Congratulations! Your hard work, research and resume have paid off. The purpose of an interview is to allow the interviewer an opportunity to gather additional information about you. Interviews are conducted to learn about an individual's job skills, behavioral traits, the ability to solve problems, organizational skills, and attitudes. Remember that the employer will determine if you are the best-qualified candidate and how well you will fit into the organization. In order to make a favorable impression, the applicant must give some serious thought and be well prepared to give organized and concise information in the following areas:
Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. These precious minutes will give you the opportunity to relax, collect your thoughts and help you to focus on greeting the interviewer. Remember to be courteous with everyone with whom you have contact. At this point you don't know who is who, and snubbing someone could prove to be disastrous. Don't overlook the receptionist. If given the opportunity, take advantage of engaging in casual conversation with the receptionist. Usually they are, informally, gathering information about you and are a direct link to the interviewer.
The matter of dress is important. Remember that first impressions are lasting impressions. Dress your best. This is a business interview and your appearance should reflect it as such. Always use common sense when dressing for the job. Here are some suggestions:
Credibility Outfits for Women:
Your attitude speaks louder than your skill level and determines whether or not you will be successful during the interview process. Personal frustrations and setbacks in your job can affect your voice and demeanor. Avoid all signs of arrogance, abrasiveness, or showing a lack of interest. Use phrases like "seeking more opportunity" rather than "no room for advancement." Boost your self-confidence and avoid nervousness by being well prepared. Concentrate on all of your skills and abilities before you get to the interview. Avoid racist, sexist, or negative remarks. Be polite. Be positive (even if you have to fake it).
Sit up straight, look attentive, do not cross your arms or legs. Make eye contact. Typically, the interviewer is observing your body language to determine your level of interest. After all, the majority of the time our nonverbal language conveys more meaning than our verbal language.