Job Interview Basics

June 13th, 2009

We all know that looking for a job can be very tough especially during these difficult economic times. How can you look for a decent employment when everybody is being laid off left and right? For those few who managed to snag an interview, don’t celebrate yet because there are still so many things you must do. Although the company acknowledged your skills as a possible candidate, there are others out there who they have acknowledged as well. So, in order to ace that interview and land the job you want, just follow these few simple rules.

Prepare Yourself for the Interview

Interviews can be daunting and you certainly don’t want to be caught like a deer in headlights when you stumble upon questions you don’t know the answer to. First of all, you must learn about the company and, of course, the job you had applied for. What would you be doing? Remember to know as much as you can about the job and where it fits into the company.

Also, be aware of the company’s activities; what they sell and what they offer. The more you know about their products, the easier it is for you to ace that interview. Lastly, find out what you can about the employer and the business. You can do this by calling their Marketing Department. Any information you get about the company can be used to your advantage.

What You Need to Take With You

Before you wear some fancy suit and tie bars, remember to prepare these things beforehand:

- Resume
- Your application along with another copy
- References
- Special awards and certificates
- School records and Qualifications
- Samples of the works you’ve done in the past
- Employment file

Know How to Get to the Site

Overexcitement can cause blunders. So, before heading towards the interview, actually know where the site is. Double check the address of the company and make sure that you know how to get to the building. When you are in doubt, do a trial run.

What You Need to Wear

Your clothing during the interview is a definite plus (or minus). Wear something presentable or something that is suitable for the interview. To be safe, wear something formal. You can wear the typical black suit and tie. You can also accessorize this ensemble with tie chains or tie tacks to better suit your style. Remember to prepare what you are going to wear for the interview the night before to avoid last minute troubles.

General Tips That Can Help You

If you want to ace that interview and make a perfect first impression to your future boss, here are some tips that can help you do that:

- Try to arrive ten minutes early to give yourself some time to gather your thoughts.
- Once you arrive, introduce yourself to the receptionist by giving out your name, time of appointment, and the name of the interviewer.
- Remember to smile and be ready to shake hands
- Don’t lose eye contact with your interviewer and show enthusiasm and interest.
- When you are given the opportunity to ask questions, ask things that are related to the job.
- Don’t forget to politely thank the interviewer for his or her time once the interview has ended.

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