Whether or not an interview leads to your dream job is more than just luck; interviewing well is a skill you can learn and practice in advance to increase your chances of landing that dream job. This week, CSS continues our blog series on interview skills with tips for performing well on the day of the interview:
Punctuality: Don’t just be on time: try to arrive at your destination approximately fifteen minutes before your scheduled interview. This will give you time to collect yourself and mentally prepare. If you are unfamiliar with the location, take a dry run to the interview site a day or two in advance to make sure you don’t find yourself driving in circles on the big day.
Turn Your Cell Phone OFF: Don’t just silence your phone—make sure it is actually off during the interview. A buzzing, vibrating device in your pocket or purse can be just as distracting as a loud ring.
Have Your Resume on Hand: While your interviewer will most likely bring your resume to the interview, you should always have a copy on hand as well just in case. Interviewers are often very busy and may neglect to bring your material with them. Being prepared in this event will help you to appear responsible and organized. I can personally attest to this last point: I was recently interviewing job candidates and found myself in this exact position. The candidates who had their paperwork on hand immediately gave the impression of being conscientious and dependable—qualities anyone would want in a potential employee!
Check in next week when we’ll conclude our series on interview skills with tips on how to answer questions and improve your speech. In the meantime, check out www.corporatespeechsolutions.com for more great information on speech improvement, accent reduction, and business communication skills!