Job Interview Checklist

Prepare

  • 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!

Personal Appearance

  • 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.

Bring

  • 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.

During the Interview

  • 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.

 After the Interview

  • Give a firm handshake with a smile.
  • Ask them about the next step in the process.

You've scheduled the interview, now it's time to make a great impression. Show your prospective employer why you're the perfect candidate for the position with our Successful Interview Checklist. Follow these tips and that dream job could be yours!