Recently in my PR class we were asked to post some interview tips. The following tips are from my own that I think are important.
1. Dress appropriately for your interview a suit for both men and women are appropriate. You want to have a professional look so you will be taken seriously.
2. It is a good idea to know important facts about the company. This will let the Interviewer know you are serious about the job.
3. Start preparing for your interview a few hours before the actual interview.
4. Turn off your cell phone. If it is necessary to have it on in case of an emergency, let the Interviewer know.
5. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Interview. It is better to be early than late. You can sit in your car if you arrive too early.
6. Maintain a positive attitude and Smile.
7. When the Interviewer asks you a question, say something even if it does not relate perfectly, do not just there keep the conversation going.
8. Do not be nervous. Remember that everyone has been in the same position you are in.
9. Remember all Interview etiquette. If you are dinning on an interview according to About.com:Job Searching here are some tips:
·Are you really nervous? Check out the restaurant ahead of time. That way you’ll know exactly what’s on the menu, what you might want to order and where the rest rooms are located.
·Be polite. Remember to say “please” and “thank you” to your server as well as to your host.
·Is the table full of utensils? My British grandmother taught me an easy way to remember what to use when. Start at the outside and work your way in. Your salad fork will be on the far left, your entree fork will be next to it. Your dessert spoon and fork will be above your plate.
·Liquids are on the right, solids on the left. For example, your water glass will be on the right and your bread plate will be on the left.
·Put your napkin on your lap once everyone is seated.
·Remember what your mother spent years telling you – keep your elbows off the table, sit up straight, and don’t talk with your mouth full.
(I have never been on an Interview where dinning was involved, so I thought these tips would be helpful.)
10. Make sure to proofread your resume plenty of times before handing it over to the Interviewer. It is also a good idea to have some business cards on hand.