Bring 2-3 copies of resume to the interview.

  • You may meet with more than one person in the process.
  • A neat copy of references supplying names, numbers, and email addresses is a nice touch also.

Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the interview.

  • Don’t create stress by trying to cut it to close.
  • Gives you time to compose yourself.
  • You may have to fill out an application.
  • You are showing courtesy to the employer.
  • If you are going to be late call the employer directly and let them know when you expect to arrive.
  • Don’t be late.

Fill out the application neatly and completely.

  • Never put“see resume”on the application.
  • Put“negotiable”in the space for salary desired.
  • Yes, employers do watch for cooperation in the performance of stupid, mundane tasks. They, undoubtedly, have a few of their own. Will you just do them – without grumbling

Greet employer with a firm handshake, good eye contact and smile.

  • The first 10-15 seconds of the interview are the most crucial.
  • You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

The first impression is crucial.

You want to show yourself as skilled, and at the same time convey your humanity. They should see you as someone with positive energy, ambition and a team player.

Ask the employer to describe the job.

Have 6-10 written questions ready to ask the employer.

Opening question should be…”What do you feel are the three most important things you are looking for in this position?”
Your recruiter should have provided you with the top two or three things the company is looking for. Prepare concrete examples of how and when you did these things.

Questions should pertain to:

  • Company
  • Position
  • Interviewer

Note: Listening is very important, let the employer talk and sell you on them.
Questions should not pertain to:

  • Salary
  • Benefits
  • Relocation packages
  • Lunch

Answer questions in terms of the open position.

  • Keep answers complete and to the point. Do not give yes/no answers, but do not ramble.
  • Answer the question first, then give explanations. Nothing is worse than having to listen to a rambling explanation when you don’t even have the answer yet.
  • Stay positive. Attitude is everything.
  • Any negative comments about past or present employers will rule you out. Total taboo!
  • This is where you sell yourself, tell employer what you can do for them.
  • Know your background – do not be robotic.
  • Know what your strengths are and how to support them.

©Tom Keoughan 2016