gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an
employer, so it pays to be well prepared. The following information
provides some helpful hints.
- Learn about
- Have a
specific job or jobs in mind.
your qualifications for the job.
answers to broad questions about yourself.
an interview with a friend or relative.
before the scheduled time of your interview.
- Be well
- Dress appropriately.
- Do not
chew gum or smoke.
- Relax and
answer each question concisely.
- Use good
- Learn the
name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
- Use proper
- Be cooperative
- Use body
language to show interest.
- Ask questions
about the position and the organization, but avoid questions
whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site. Also
avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job
offer is made.
- Thank the
interviewer when you leave and, as a follow-up, in writing.
(if employer gives one):
closely to instructions.
- Read each
- Write legibly
your time wisely and don’t dwell on one question.
to bring to an interview:
identification (driver’s license).
Although not all employers require applicants to bring a résumé,
you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about
your education, training, and previous employment.
Employers typically require three references. Get permission
before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will
give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify
grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed
or degree awarded.
Bureau of Labor Statistics