The job interview is 50% a test of your knowledge of the job and 50% psychological test of your ability to work with others and take direction without being a huge problem. People are trainable in technical areas, however its much harder to teach a person social skills as adults! If they hadn’t learned these skills in kindergarten, chances are they aren’t going be learned on the job!
1. Be on time 15 minutes EARLY!
2. Cell phone off- double check it!
3. Know the company, and why you want to work there
Google the company and look at articles or other materials from their website.
4. Bring resumes, and samples of work if it requires
5. Bring a notepad
Write down the names of the people on the interview panel and other important info that you may forget later.
6. Dress in a clean conservative manner
Wear a business suit or at least business casual if it’s a construction or trade type of job.
7. Profiles to private Facebook, Myspace, Youtube etc! Google yourself!
What kind of internet presence to you have? Its best to know up front if there is a mug shot of you floating around on the internet!
8. Don’t make jokes
If you have a very light and fun interview panel, you may lighten up a little. If they are conservative and not a joking crowd, making jokes could hurt you!
Be personable but don’t be a stand up comedian unless this is the job you are applying for!
9. Don’t babble. Keep you answers concise and to the point. Don’t over-answer the questions
10. Don’t badmouth a boss or prior workplace!
Your perspective employer may see this as bad character. What would stop you from badmouthing them? Don’t do it, period!
11. Don’t flirt during the interview.
12. Don’t play with your face/hair
13. Less is more (see #9)
Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid.
14. Have good eye contact
15. Have goals and tie it into this particular job in some way
16. Have accomplishments
Be prepared to talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).
17. Have passion
Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you’ll look.
18. Ask Questions
At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the job.
19. Send a thank you note
It’s easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn’t need to be long, just make it sincere.
There you have it. The best job interview tips you’ll ever get. Stick to them and you’ll be on your way to getting hired!