Your armpits are sweating through your suit; your heels are nervously clicking on the floor, you clutch your resume anxiously, yep, it’s time for your job interview. Now is the time to get through that interview and prove to the employer that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Are you ready? Here is a checklist of items to go over before the interview.
Map Out Directions
Make sure to plan ahead of time exactly where you will be meeting. Don’t leave it up to chance that your GPS will take you to the interview on time. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive early. If you live in the area, you may want to drive there ahead of time a day or two before your scheduled interview. Plan and expect traffic delays just in case.
Have Your Paperwork Ready
You’ll want multiple copies of your resume, references, and a sample of your work in the form of a portfolio. You’ll also want a notepad, several pens that work, and a briefcase.
Make sure to have the proper attire ready to be worn ahead of time. Have your shoes out and polished if needed. Make sure that your clothes are already ironed and laid out the night before. Check that your nails are clean, and have a plan of how you will be wearing your hair for the interview.
Be Ready For Any Question
I’ve put together a sample list of questions here to consider. You may want to not only review these questions, but practice your answers out loud.
- Tell us about yourself.
- Why do you want to work here?
- Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
- How will you help this company to advance?
- What is the best quality about yourself?
- What is a flaw that you still need to work on?
- How did you learn of this job opening?
- Why are you the most qualified candidate for this job out of all the other people we are interviewing?
- Give some examples of how you handled or would hand conflict in the workplace.
- Tell us about your philosophy of… (insert topics related to your career choice. For example, for a teaching job the interviewer may ask you to tell about your philosophy of education).
- What’s the name of the book you last read?
- What are some hobbies or interests you have outside of work?
- Do you have any questions for us? Make sure to have a list of questions ready for them. This will show interest and commitment, plus you really do want to make sure this job is right for you. If it isn’t right for you, it’s better to know now than the first month into the job.
- Describe your work style.
- Why did you quit your last job? Be careful here. Be honest but try to be positive.
- Do you plan on furthering your education?
While they are interviewing you, be confident, an attentive listener, and smile. Your body language will also speak volumes. You are prepared and you got this. Now go and prove it to them.
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