A Little Preparation Can Take You Far.
We all know the importance of making a positive impression—and that's never more crucial than during a job interview. A little preparation and homework can help reduce the stress of an interview and give you a game plan for success.
- Business professional attire is required.
- Know yourself—your goals, your skills and your plans.
- Know your resumé and be prepared to discuss your past work experiences in detail. Take some time to recall relevant work experiences so you're prepared to talk about them.
- Come prepared with a list of any questions you have about the position and our company.
- Practice, practice, practice. Review the information on your resumé and recall as many professional experiences as you can—projects you've led or been a part of, contributions you've made, successes and achievements of which you're especially proud.
- Be prepared to discuss specific work situations, including actions you took and the end results of those actions. Think of the interview as your chance to tell us stories about your work experiences.
- Arrive on time for your interview. If you don't know the way, get directions ahead of time.
- Bring extra copies of your resume.
- Turn cell phone off.
During the Interview:
- Relax. We consider you to be a guest with us, and you're not the only one who wants to make a good impression—we do too.
- Show enthusiasm and interest.
- Use good eye contact.
- Be specific when answering your questions. Provide specific, not vague or hypothetical, information.
- Show confidence in your abilities.
- Listen attentively.
- Be honest and straightforward—if you can't think of a good answer, it's better to say so than to provide a vague, rambling response. It's also okay to come back to a question later. (Sometimes the next question or two prompt a great example to share.)
After the Interview:
- Write a thank you note and refer to anything the interviewer mentioned that enhanced your interest and summarize why you think the job is a good match and why you're a strong candidate for the job.
- Follow up to check on the status if you have not heard back within 1-2 weeks.