Phone to confirm interview time and address. Things to take with you:
- The complete name of the person who will be interviewing you.
- Three copies of your resume: one for you to look at during the interview and extras for the interviewers.
- Letter(s) of recommendation, reference sheet.
- Paper and pen for notes.
- Copies of pertinent certificates/diplomas.
- Portfolio of sample work (if applicable).
- Company information you have gathered and a list of questions you have prepared.
- Go alone to the interview.
- Allow time to figure out bus routes, if you are driving, to get out of traffic jams and find parking.
- Check out your appearance in a restroom, if that is possible. In most cases it is best not to arrive more that ten minutes ahead of time.
- Take a few minutes to relax. Be friendly and business-like with everyone.
- Introduce yourself to the receptionist, mention your appointment, thank the person and wait quietly. Review your notes or read job related material.
- Think work, not personal issues.
- Be sure to take advantage of any reading material that might be available in the reception area that will tell you more about the company.
During the Interview
- Greet the interviewer and introduce yourself; be ready to shake an offered hand.
- Follow the lead of the interviewer, stay on topic, ask for clarification where necessary.
- Provide copies of your resume or reference sheet when asked or if you see that it is needed.
- Be attentive to body language - maintain eye contact. Don't cross your arms; this gives the appearance of withdrawing from the interview.
- When asked if you have any questions, briefly ask any suitable questions that have not already been answered.
- State your interest in the position and organization with enthusiasm.
- State your appreciation for the interview.
- Repeat the time they have said they will notify you of their decision or ask when you will hear from them.
- Shake hands if appropriate and say goodbye.