Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 3)

interview tipsSo far, we have Research and Logistics ready to go. If you take care of those two, the job is yours. I wish it was that easy. Let’s take a small step back and look at a few other things that you need to consider during this preparation phase.

What to Bring
Resume folder presentationYeah, you guessed it…the resume. As I mentioned before, remove the fluff. I’ve read hundreds of resumes and it’s obvious when someone is filling in the page with useless information. You’re not going to be hired because you enjoy origami…unless you’re interview is with a paper folding company. Only if it directly correlates with the interests of the company should it stay on or be added on. I can’t stress this enough…proofread your resume. Making careless mistakes here will imply that you make them elsewhere too. Think of it this way, if you were hiring for this position, what would you want to see on a resume. Now make sure you have that on yours. If you don’t have that specific experience, be ready with an answer as to how you’ll overcome that challenge.

pen and paperMake sure you have a professional pen and notebook/folder to write in. Do not use some old chewed up thing. Take notes, but never let it be a distraction. Stay focused. If you printed up information on the company, bring it in the folder. You can refer to it during the interview. I’ve always appreciated the added effort some candidates put in prior to interviewing them. This is a good way to show it. Don’t forget to bring all the pertinent information you’ll need to fill out an application (ID, references, employment history, supervisors, addresses, phone numbers, etc.). You don’t want to have to call it in later.

How about a few more do nots? Okay, don’t walk in eating, chewing gum, carrying a drink (let them offer you something) or on your cell phone (it should be off). If you’re a smoker (quit), do not smoke in the parking lot. You don’t want to smell like a carton of Marlboros during your interview. Cough, cough.

Most of this is common sense, but you’d be surprised how often people forget these little details. I know you won’t be one of them.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

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