Day of the Interview
- Arrive prepared. Bring extra copies of your resume in a portfolio and arrive 10-15 minutes early so you don’t appear rushed or hassled. The interview begins at the moment you cross an employer’s threshold, sometimes earlier. Behave respectfully toward everyone you meet, from administrative assistants to managers.
- Present a positive image. Offer a firm handshake and greet the interviewer by name. Pay attention to nonverbal communication, especially eye contact and physical posture, and display energy and enthusiasm in a way that fits your personal style.
- Be ready for small talk. You’re being evaluated from many angles, including informal conversation. Watch your grammar and enunciation.
Keep up the momentum
- Ask questions when you need clarification or want to know more. Be sure you have a clear understanding of the job, the requirements and the challenges.
- Never criticize a former employer and don’t bring up salary or benefits in the first interview.
- Be prepared to discuss your qualifications as well as anything negative. Talk with a career advisor for advice on how to address issues like a low GPA, few outside activities, no related work experience, lack of an obvious fit, or gaps in work history.
Conclude with confidence
- Remain enthusiastic and courteous. As the discussion ends, the interviewer is assessing your overall performance.
- Ask about next steps in the hiring process. Ask the interviewer when they you expect to be making a decision.
- Wrap up. Shake the recruiter’s hand, thank them for the opportunity to interview, and request a business card. This will give you contact info for your thank you letter.