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How to Deliver a Knock-Out Interview

You did your homework on the company you applied to and you sent a well thought out and organized resume and cover letter.  Then, the phone rang, you have an interview!  Landing an interview is a huge step, but you have your work cut out for you, it is now time to prepare to sell yourself.  When you get the call, listen carefully; write down all of the pertinent information, date, time, location and interviewer.  Make sure you are free, repeat the information so you know that it is correct, then write it down, put it on your calendar, or anywhere else that will help you remember.

Once you arrive at the interview, it is time to present yourself as the person for the job.  Here are some tips:

  1. Be on time, actually, be 10 minutes early.
  2. Shut your cell phone off.  Better yet, don’t even bring it with you.
  3. Dress appropriately.  You should always dress one level nicer than the dress code.  If they dress business casual, wear a tie, if they wear ties, wear a suit.
  4. Let the front desk person know you are there, reaffirm the name of your interviewer, thank him or her for their time.
  5. Make sure you are not chewing gum, or a mint. Leave yourself free to talk.
  6. Offer a firm handshake and look your interviewer in the eyes.
  7. Exude confidence.
  8. Be prepared with an informative statement about yourself, companies you have worked for, your transferable skills, etc.
  9. Be positive and kind, talk about your successes in your career.
  10. Take the time to think of answers when you are asked questions.  Don’t blurt out something because it is easy.
  11. Ask questions about the job position and the expectations.  Then listen to the answers.
  12. Follow up with your interviewer; send a thank you note or card, as well as calling a few days later.