Ace that Interview cont.
Speak clearly - Do not have gum
or candy in your mouth during an interview. You want to be able to speak
clearly. Having something in your mouth will be distracting to you and
the interviewer. If you are a smoker, avoid smoking at least one to
two hours prior to the interview, especially in the age of smoke-free
Communicate positive body language
- Have good eye contact. Use your listening skills. Emphasize your qualifications
and smile. Project a positive impression of yourself. Be self-assured,
Avoid distracting behaviors - Do
not handle anything on the interviewers desk. Do not use exaggerated
hand and body gestures. Avoid fidgeting and slouching.
and answers prepared - Ask meaningful questions. Also, think
about what you might be asked and have answers already in mind. Practice
with a friend or mentor. If available, tape record or video record how
you sound and look. *See list of questions
to ask and be asked
Have a notepad and pen - You may
need to take notes.
Information for the interviewer
- Have enough copies of your resume. Bring your driver's license and
social security card. If you accept a position right away the employer
will need identification to begin legally required paperwork. Ask
when you may call to learn about the hiring decision
Write a thank-you letter - Follow
up your interview with a note to anyone you spoke with. The note is
a courtesy that confirms your interest in the position.