Job Interview Tips
Preparation, before your interview:
- Do your research by learning about the organization/company.
- Know the title of the position you are applying to.
- Review your qualifications for the job; look at their job description from when you applied.
- Be prepared to explain your experiences and how they might relate to the job.
- Practice potential interviewing questions such as, “Tell me bit about yourself” “Why should I hire you?" "Why do you want this job?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses? “What would your coworkers say about you?"
- Practice you interview in front of the mirror or with a friend.
- Be well groomed. If you choose to wear perfume or cologne make sure it is not overwhelming.
- Do not chew gum or smoke and avoid bringing food.
- Dress appropriately. It is always better to be over dressed than underdressed. Wear slacks with a button shirt. Don’t wear jeans or knee high boots, sandals, tennis shoes, t-shirts, shorts.
For Men: Polo shirts, button down shirts, slacks make sure they are the proper length (don't sag), dress shoes (never wear tennis shoes), make sure your attire fits properly, ties are optional
For Women: Wear slacks, or skirts that are no shorter than 2 inches above the knee, button down blouse, no cleavage, clothing should not be too tight
- Be early 15 minutes is sufficient. We live in the LA area there is ALWAYS traffic so plan accordingly.
- Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
- Use good manners with everyone you meet.
- Relax and answer the question that is asked.
- Use proper English—avoid slang.
- Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
- Use body language to show interest—use eye contact and don’t slouch.
- Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site.
- Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
- Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands.
- Send a short thank you email following the interview.
Information to bring to an interview:
- Social Security card.
- Government-issued identification (driver’s license).
- Resume or application. Although not all employers require a resume, it doesn’t hurt to have one handy for you and the interviewer.
- References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco20045.htm