Now you have the best possible cover letter and résumé allowing you to land an interview for your dream job. An interview with a potential employer is what will get you the position if done the right way. Here are a few tips on how to give the best possible interview.
Dress the part: When going to a job interview, dress as if you already had the job and were going into work. Follow a professional dress code. For men, wear a suit and tie. Women wear a dress, skirt, or pant suit that looks appropriate. The general rule of thumb for this is to make sure your skirt goes past your fingertips. Do not go to formal however. We have all seen the movie Stepbrothers and a tuxedo is not necessary for a job interview.
Know the company: Research the company before going into the interview and fully understand the position you are interviewing about. Ask questions that show you are interested in learning more about the organization or position so the employer knows how serious you are about working for the company. Many employers always ask the question ‘what do you know about this company?’ It is best to go into too much detail than too little.
Be on time: A general rule of business is that being early is being on time, being on time is being late, and being late just is not acceptable. An employer would rather you arrive ten minutes early as opposed to ten minutes late. This shows that you value their time and are not going to waste it.
Nonverbal Communication: Eye contact is the most important nonverbal behavior in an interview. Always make sure you are looking at the person interviewing you. It shows you are listening. Nod your head and smile at appropriate times to show you are agreeing what is being said and to show you are content. Look comfortable but remember to look professional at the same time. Do not slouch and do not flay your arms and hands when you are speaking.
What to bring/What to leave at home: Bring your résumé and cover letter. Also provide a list of references. Bring a pen and notepad to take notes during the interview. Do not bring in your cell phone. It will only serve as a distraction. Do not bring in any food or drink.