Believe it or not, the format of
your resume can make or break your chances of scoring your dream job!
Click here to view several sample resumes. Look carefully at the
format and wording. The smallest adjustments here and there can give your
resume the perfect makeover!
It is always good to know background
information about the organization or company you are interviewing with.
You want to sound and appear knowledgeable during your interview. This
proves that you are really interested in the job. Be prepared to answer
why you would want to work for that specific employer. This knowledge also
gives you topics for questions you may wish to ask during the interview.
Set aside time to hold a mock
interview. Research frequently asked interview questions and have a friend
or family member quiz you. Practice makes perfect and creates a confidence
when presenting yourself. Click here for several sample questions to begin
Dress for Success
It is important to have your clothes
prepared for the interview a day or two in advance. Your attire needs to
be ironed, business-like, and conservative. Hair needs to be properly
groomed and nails should be trimmed and clean. Always remember that it is
better to dress more professional rather than too casual. Appropriate
attire serves as a compliment to the employer. It is highly recommended to
wear a two-piece suit. This is always the best choice for both men and
women. Navy, gray, and black are the most appropriate colors.
Always have all materials collected and
prepared for the interview a day or two prior. Include extra copies of
your resume. You never know when more than one employer will be
interviewing you and it helps to have multiple copies to hand out.
Choose a good-quality paper. Office Supply stores usually have several
types of resume paper to choose from. Also, remember to include copies
listing your job references as well as multiple copies of your cover
letter. Have all these materials contained within a folder or portfolio
where they will remain clean and unwrinkled. It is also beneficial to have
a notepad and pen on hand. You never know when you may need to take notes.
During Your Job Interview
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
Better to be early than to be late! Do not
press your luck and arrive right on the dot. Always arrive 10 to 15
minutes early. You would rather wait in the car for a few minutes than be
a few minutes late.
Manners and proper etiquette are huge
determining factors in your job interview. Always show professionalism to
everyone you may encounter within the interview. All employees' opinions,
including the receptionist or the secretary, may count. Also, keep in mind
that an employer's casual behavior does not mean you are able to approach
them in the same way. Maintain an image of professionalism. Never
address an employer by their first name, do not chew gum or smell of
smoke, and always have your cell phone turned off. Never interrupt your
interviewer and always be aware of your non-verbal behaviors. Maintain
proper posture, smile often, keep comfortable eye contact, sit still, and
refrain from fidgeting.
Confidence should be considered a
requirement! It is very important that you do not come across as shy or
timid. On the other hand, you must be careful not to appear aggressive,
pushy, or egotistic. Never over-sell yourself! Remain confident and calm.
Listen carefully to questions asked.
Answer with deep thought and honesty. It is okay if you are slow to speak.
Make sure your thoughts are gathered before you attempt to answer a
question. Always stay on subject and keep your answers straight and to the
point. If you feel the question is confusing or vague, ask for them to
As the interview meets an end, make
sure you know the interviewer's next step in the hiring process. You will
need to know when to expect to hear from them or if there are any
future actions you are required to take. Thank them for their time, keep
eye contact, and conclude with a firm handshake. Remain professional
within your departure.
After Your Job Interview
An Interview in Review
Make mental and handwritten notes of
important details from the interview that were discussed while they are
fresh on your mind. You need to remember as much as possible especially if
the company has a call-back interview process. Always send a thank you
letter to the interviewer. This will reiterate your interest in the
position. Keep the letter short and to the point. If you spoke with
multiple interviewers, send them each a thank you letter.