Before the Interview
- Your hair should be clean and combed.
- Nails should be clean and trimmed.
- Dress conservatively. If the company does not have a dress code, remember that it's better to overdress than under dress.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview. The extra minutes will also give you time to fill out any forms or applications that might be required.
- Turn off your cell phone or pager.
- Don't assume that whoever greets you is the receptionist.
During the Interview
- Give a firm handshake to each interviewer and address each interviewer by name as he or she is introduced.
- Communicate effectively by speaking clearly and avoiding "uhs", "you knows", and slang.
- Be aware of your body language. Maintain good eye contact and posture no matter how nervous you are.
- Ask follow-up questions. Avoid questions about benefits, pay, and promotions until after you are offered the job.
After the Interview
- Shake each interviewer's hand and thank each interviewer by name.
- Send a thank you note as soon after the interview as possible.
- Make notes about what went well in the interview and what you need to improve for the next interview.
Look at each interview as practice for the next one.