If you get a job interview, you should feel great! It means the employer liked your resume and wants to find out more about you. There are some things that you can do to improve your chances of getting the job.
1. PLAN AHEAD – Find out the address of the interview location. Make sure you know where it is. If you are not sure, visit the place BEFORE the interview, so you won't get lost on the day of the interview.
2. BE ON TIME – Plan to arrive at the location of the interview 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time, in case there is some traffic delays Some employers do not like it if you show up early, so try to show up at the exact time or just a few minutes before the scheduled time. DO NOT BE LATE.
3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY – You want to make a good first impression on your employer. You should dress according to what type of job it is. For example, if it the job is working in a business office, you may want to wear a business suit. If it is for a restaurant or a store, then you should wear smart-casual, which means shirts with collars, khaki pants, and business shoes. DO NOT wear trendy clothes, sandals that show your feet, shorts or short dresses.
4. HYGIENE – Take a shower before the interview. Do not wear perfume/cologne. Brush your teeth, cut your fingernails, shave (if you are a guy). Have a short haircut. Do not chew gum during the interview or smoke before the interview. Do not wear jewelry.
5. BODY LANGUAGE – Practice your body language (how you move your body) before the interview. Having good body language can make a good impression on the employer. It is common to be nervous before an interview. But you don't need to show your nervousness. Before the interview, try to relax. Take deep breaths and try to be calm.
a.) When you meet your interviewer, shake hands and introduce yourself.
b.) During the interview, keep your back straight. Try to smile. Make eye contact every few seconds with your interviewer (However, do not stare for too long at your interviewer's eyes).
c.) Answer the questions in a clear and strong voice. Your voice should not be too loud and not too soft.
d.) If you need to think for a few seconds before answering, it's okay.
e.) Try to show that you are eager to work and that you are a good fit for the job.
f.) At the end of the interview (after the interviewer stops asking questions), you should ask one or two questions. This shows you have thought about the job and are interested in it. You can ask questions like “What are the job duties?” or “What are the working hours of the job?”
g.) When you leave, shake hands again with your interview and thank them for interviewing you. You may also ask them when they will contact you about their decision.
Job Interview Questions
One way to prepare for the job interview ahead of time is to practice. Job interviewers will usually ask you some questions about yourself. If you are prepared and can answer the questions quickly and thoroughly, it will show the employer you are well-prepared and will be a good worker.
When you answer the interview questions, try to answer in a positive way. Never answer in a negative way. For example, the employer may ask you for the reason you left your old job. You may want to say something negative about your previous boss or your previous working conditions. Instead, you can say something positive – you want to find a new opportunity, or you are looking for a job that can be a better match for your skills.
For more information about job interview questions, including sample interview questions, you may visit the following website: http://www.jobinterviewquestions.org/