Get as much information as you can about the business. Take notes on facts that are most important.
Estimate how long it will take you to get there, and add extra time for traffic and unexpected delays.
Prepare answers, but don't memorize or over-rehearse.
This will help you maintain confidence and composure during the real interview.
Be sure to mention you are looking forward to your meeting.
It's always better to be too early than running late. If you are running late, call as soon as possible.
Always act professional.
This is where you make your first impression on your employer!
Even if the company has a casual atmosphere, attire should be business appropriate. If you're not sure, it's best to play it safe and err on the conservative side. Do not wear jeans.
Clean, wrinkle-free slacks and shirts are a must.
Simple is best.
Shoes should be scuff-free and clean.
People with longer hair should consider pulling it back.
If you wear polish, it should be without chips or cracks.
You may need copies of any degrees or trade certifications.
Keep these in your folder.
..you need to sell yourself to the interviewer. Even if you're nervous, acting confident can improve your chances of getting the job.
A clammy, reluctant handshake makes a horrible first impression.
Wait until there is a pause before speaking.
Don't chew gum during the interview.
Sit upright in your chair. Don't slouch or fidget with your hands.
Don't use slang.
Convey your understanding with verbal agreement.
Give detailed explanations to questions.
If the interviewer asks, have an estimate ready, based on your experience and current market standards.
Give a firm handshake with a smile.
Ask them about the next step in the process.
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