Ultimate Job Interview Preparation Checklist
Do not be discouraged if you are not hired after your first interview. This must have been a useful experience and if you consider it a learning, can provide more confidence for the next interview.
Do not blame yourself. Note that an employer’s decision not to offer a job does not mean you have been rejected as a person. Use the keys to a successful interview and open the doors of your job search.
- Learn about the organization.
- Keep in mind one or more specific jobs.
- Review your qualifications for the job.
- Prepare answers to broad questions.
- Review your resume.
- Practice an interview with a friend or relative.
- Arrive before your scheduled interview time.
- Present yourself well groomed.
- Dress properly.
- Do not chew gum or smoke.
During the interview:
- Relax and answer each question concisely.
- Respond immediately.
- Use good manners. Learn the name of your interviewer and shake hands when they meet.
- Use an appropriate level of language (avoid too colloquial language).
- Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
- Ask questions about the position and the organization.
- Thank the interviewer when you leave and follow-up, in a note.
Test (if employer gives one):
Listen to the instructions carefully.
Read each question carefully.
Write in legibly and clearly.
Manage your time wisely and do not dwell on any one question.
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Information to bring to the interview:
Social Security Card
Government issued identification (driver’s license)
Although not all employers require applicants to submit a curriculum vitae, should be prepared to provide the interviewer about their education, training and previous jobs.
Employers typically require three references. Ask permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure you give a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives.