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Day of Interview

Best practices for success on the day of your interview.
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On the day of the interview, you want to show your confidence, professionalism, and readiness to take on the job. With a little preparation, this is a snap!

Before the Interview

  • Get a good night’s rest.
  • Have your clothes already washed and ironed.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Have available any necessary documents or materials: copies of your resume, list of questions to ask during the interview, references, etc.
  • Review your interview notes and practice your responses to common interview questions.
  • If your interview is in-person, plan to leave at least 15 minutes early in case there are transportation delays.
  • Take a few deep breaths and try to relax!

At the interview

  • Take a few (more) deep breaths and try to relax!
  • Turn off your phone or put it on silent to avoid any distractions.
  • Be mindful of your body language: avoid crossing your arms, have a relaxed smile, and maintain eye contact.
  • Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet, including receptionists or assistants, as they may provide feedback to the interviewer.
  • If you are meeting the interviewer in person, shake their hand if they seem comfortable with that.
  • Take notes: jot down some of the main discussion points and areas for follow-up. These will be helpful reminders for your interview follow-up as well as for any second round interview.
  • Be thoughtful about your answers – it’s OK to pause and think before answering.
  • At the end of the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer and if in-person, shake their hand.