- Have a Positive Attitude – A positive attitude and a smile set the tone in creating a positive interview.
- Be Likable – Everyone wants to be around someone they like, and that’s no different with Hiring Managers. No one wants to hire someone that is argumentative or seems like they might create a difficult working environment. Present yourself as a team player.
- Show Confidence – If you show confidence, employers will believe in you. That adds credibility to what you say.
- Show Off Your Communication Skills – Intelligent, clear communication shows confidence. Prepared yourself with questions relative to the position you are applying for.
- Be Flexibility and Open Minded – Displaying a willingness to adapt to new people, new environments and new tasks.
- Understand the Industry – Do your research before meeting with the company. Knowledge of both the company you are interviewing with, and the industry goes a long way in showing your interest in learning and growing in the field.
- Honesty – Answering interview questions with honesty and sincerity is always the smart choice. Trust is the basis for any successful business relationship.
- Show Stability – If you have a stable track record with past jobs and a good education, talk about it. Most employers want to hire for the long term, so show them that you are interested in loyalty.
- Be Courteous – Not surprisingly, manners and respectability have a very positive effect in interviews. Having the ability to get along with others and displaying a level of kindness go a long way in getting and keeping a job.
- Look Good – Dress appropriately based on the job you are looking for. While appearance isn’t everything, a well-pulled together look can make you seem smarter and more professionally.
You’ve been invited to an interview with one of our clients, what to do? Now what?
- Multiple hard copies of your resume to share with each person you are interviewing with.
- Documentation that establishes your identity and right to work in the U.S.
- A pen and notepad to take notes.
- Questions you’ve prepared in advance to ask your interviewer.
- The company’s contact information.
- Map out your trip in advance to allow ample travel time to make sure you arrive a few minutes early.
- Choose the color and pattern of your outfit carefully. It is best to focus on a timeless appearance and stick to dark colors, rather than loud, busy prints.
- Ensure your shoes are polished, keep heels at a sensible height.
- Wear neatly colored nail polish on manicured nails.
- Wear neutral makeup and keep facial hair groomed.
- Be aware of your posture and body language. Good posture and a solid handshake is important.
- Turn off your cell phone & be sure it remains turned off until you leave the interview.
- Always make eye contact and smile.
- Wear clothing that is either too revealing or tight.
- Wear dangling earrings and noisy jewelry and/or accessories.
- Wear scuffed shoes.
- Stains / lint on your clothing.
- Wear excessive perfume/cologne.
- Use slang words or profanity.
- Bring friends or family with you.
- Badmouth a previous employer.