Debbie Barrett, PES
� Research the company and review the job description before you go in.
� Bring extra copies of your resume and a notebook to the interview.
� Dress for Success - Appearance should reflect maturity and self confidence. Be neat, clean, and dress in good taste.
� Plan to arrive 10- 15 minutes early.
� Greet the interviewers with a firm handshake.
� Maintain eye contact with your interviewers to show interest.
� Be enthusiastic, confident, courteous, and honest.
� Listen to the questions carefully - give clear, concise, thoughtful answers.
� Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said.
� Don't be too informal or familiar. The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer's demeanor.
� Don't talk too much. Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake.
� Try to relate your answers to the interviewers and the company. Focus on achievements relevant to this position.
� At the end of the interview, ask the employer if there is anything about your skills and experience that would prevent you from being considered further for the position. This may give you the opportunity to sell yourself better or clear up any misconceptions about your skills or experience.
� End the interview with a firm handshake and thank the interview panel for
their time and consideration.
� Follow up with a thank you note within 24 hours. Make sure it clear and concise.