After completing an intensive and demanding resume, many candidates search for potential jobs. A resume is an extremely important and critical part of a job interview, but preparing for a job interview is crucial as well. Many people are often stressed and nervous when planning for an employment opportunity. Getting ready for a job interview can give you an advantage to getting hired. Here are some tips on preparing for intimidating job interview.
· Before arriving to a job interview, make sure you become familiar with the company and a little regarding the organization.
· Be able to briefly describe your previous job experiences and how they relate to the job you are applying for.
· Prepare to answer broad question like “Why should I hire you?”, Why do you think you are qualified for this job?”, and “Why do you want this job?”
· Practice interviewing with friends or family to improve your answers.
· Arrive freshly groomed, neat, and in appropriate attire. Don’t go to an interview in jeans, a suit should be worn nearly all times.
· Never smoke, chew gum, or chew tobacco.
· Arrive at least fifteen minutes early and know where you are going.
· When you meet your interviewer greet them with a firm handshake, and obtain their name. Address them according to their name.
· Most importantly relax and present proper manners. Do not slouch, or use slang. Also promote eye contact.
· Ask questions about the company and don’t ask about the salary or benefits until you have been offered the job.
· Remember to shake the interviewer’s hand before leaving the interview.
“Occupational Outlook Handbook." United States Department of Labor. 17 Dec 2007. Web. 16 Nov 2009.