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Being prepared for your interview is very important when finding your dream job. Therefore, we have listed our top 5 interview rules that will set you up for success.
- Conduct research on the company and hiring managers:
Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seeker’s part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. Be sure to review the company website in detail, understand the mission of the company, and make sure to visit the professional profiles of the individuals you are meeting with. After you’ve conducted research, create a list of questions for your interview as it pertains to the company or hiring managers. This will definitely show your interest level and give you an advantage on your competition.
- Arrive on time for the interview:
There is no excuse for ever arriving late to an interview. Map out your route the night before to get a feel for potential commute issues. If you plan on taking public transportation, check the schedule the morning of the interview just in case there are delays. To be prepared, Plan on arriving about 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled interview in order complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled.
- Dress for success:
First impressions are the last impressions! Plan to wear an outfit that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Be sure to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Refrain from wearing strong cologne or perfume as most people cringe at the smell of too much scent. Avoid big jewelry or over accessorizing… sometimes less is more!
- Bring copies of your resume and portfolio:
Never assume the interviewer will have a copy of your resume. Bring a couple of extra copies just in case. This will also make you look ultra-prepared. A leather portfolio containing a notepad and paper will make you seem organized and ready for business. Avoid walking into an interview looking disheveled, unorganized or empty handed.
- Write a thank-you note:
Be sure you get business cards from every person who interviews you and send a handwritten note to each one. Make sure you spell their names correctly and you double check grammar. Taking this last step will definitely create a positive impression.