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.