It is imperative to stand out from the job seeking pack when you are applying for work. Each step is important; the application, resume and particularly the interview! We suggest doing your homework on the company to be prepared and remember these helpful interview tips.
Providing References: If you plan to provide work and character references at the time of your interview, be sure to contact your references ahead of time. Not everyone you respect and value will feel the exact same way about you. Be sure you discuss listing them as a reference before actually doing so. Discuss what they plan to say about you and update them on your current information and the position you are applying for.
Cell Phones: We all have cell phones and use them as a lifeline to our outside world. However, the interview is not the time for a surprising ringtone to go off. Always turn your phone OFF! An interrupting phone call or text can ruin the positive energy of an interview. Not even carrying your phone in would be even better.
Give the Gift of Time: Make sure you have the address of your interview destination before leaving. If possible, drive by ahead of time so that you know how long it will take you, where you will park and any complications you will encounter on your way. If you will need money for parking, be sure to have that ready as well.
No Entourage: Leave your children at home. Even when you are picking up an application, if at all possible, find a place for your kids to be during that time so that you can focus and show your professionalism. Applying for jobs can already be a high stress situation, don’t increase it by adding more to your plate. Focus on the task at hand, landing your dream job.
Run-through: Prepare responses to common interview questions ahead of time. There are all sorts of resources available for this online. Rehearse your responses in front of a mirror or with a friend, but make sure to practice, practice, practice!
With a bit of planning you can greatly reduce the possibility of surprises that will distract you from the task at hand, proving that you are the best fit for the position and company.