What you should consider when interviewing in-person or virtually.
Bring multiple copies of your resume. If your interview is in person, bring at least 10 copies of your resume. If it is virtual, it is a best practice to email your resume to the interviewer ahead of the interview. Take this opportunity to let them know you’re looking forward to the conversation.
Be on time. Plan to arrive at the office building at a minimum of 30 minutes before the meeting starts. If interviewing in a large city, take into account traffic and transportation delays. *Do NOT go into the office until 10 minutes before. If you're driving to the interview research parking and have a plan. Online interviews should arrive 2 minutes early and are aware of background interruptions. If possible, try to secure a location without distractions. DO NOT BE LATE regardless if your meeting is in-person or virtual!!
Attire. Use your best judgment to dress appropriately for the position. If your interview is business professional consider wearing a suit jacket and pants/skirt in solid, dark, or neutral colors. Keep cell phones turned off and personal items away. It's all about the first impression and when you look good you feel good.
- Bring with you a notepad and pen.
- Firmly shake hands and make eye contact with everyone you meet.
- Research the company and position.
- Clarify "selling points", why are you right for this job?
- Prepare for common interview questions.
- Have a statement prepared to answer, "Tell me about yourself".
- Listen and use body language cues to respond.
- Be prepared to answer behavioral questions like, "Tell me about a time when...".
- Have questions prepared to ask your interviewer(s).
- Send a thank-you email to your interviewer(s).
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