1. Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early.
2. Bring two clean copies of your résumé to any interview. If you are going to be interviewed by more than two people, then bring enough copies for everyone there.
3. Most interviews last one hour. Allow yourself ample time. Do not try and schedule too many things around the time of your interview.
4. The way you dress makes a statement about you. Dressing in a professional manner will make a favorable impression. Most interviewers appreciate and look for a well-dressed professional.
5. Once you arrive at the location for the interview, treat anyone you encounter with professionalism and a positive attitude. You never know who you might meet and what influence they might have on the hiring decision, so you want to make sure you give off a great impression to everyone.
6. Always maintain a professional image in the interview. Even if the interviewer has a casual approach, make sure to keep up your professionalism and use appropriate manners. You never know when you are being tested!
7. Give a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye.
8. Sometimes your nonverbal behaviors say more than your verbal. Keep you posture, smile, maintain eye contact throughout the interview, and slightly lean forward (as this shows attentiveness and interest). Don’t slouch or fidget, and pay attention to your facial expressions and use occasional head nods to reinforce what is being said.
9. When you are asked a question, it is good to repeat the question to clarify and then pause to collect your thoughts and formulate a response.
10. If you can’t get to the interview on time, call the interviewer to notify them immediately.
11. Don’t discuss salary or benefits; let the interviewer bring this up first.
12. Always ask for business cards or contact information from those who interviewed you.
13. Close the interview with a firm handshake and by asking for the position.
14. If this is the first interview and the interviewer has indicated that the process involves multiple interviews, ask what the next steps are in the hiring process. Ask to be included in the process.
15. Before you leave the interview, make sure you understand the hiring process. If this is the first interview and the interviewer has indicated that the process involves multiple interviews, ask what the next steps are in the hiring process. Ask to be included in the process.