Your job interview is a couple of hours away. You’ve practiced answers to common job interview questions. You know how your skills and background fit the job opening. You’ve prepared questions for the interviewer. You’re wearing appropriate clothing. And there’s nothing in your teeth.
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So you’re ready for your job interview—right? Before you walk out the door, be sure to do these three things to guarantee a great job interview.
- Know where you are going and allow enough time to get there. Take the address of the interview location, including any room or office number. Allow enough time to compensate for bad weather, traffic, and public transportation or parking. Plus, you may need to find your way through an office complex, a big building, security, stairs, elevators, and hallways. Being late will make a bad first impression, as will calling your interviewer and saying you’ll be late.
- Take everything you need. Don’t go empty-handed, because you want to look prepared. Take several copies of your resume, your portfolio or examples of your work if appropriate, your list of questions for the employer, and a pad and pen to make notes. All of these items show interest and planning. And be sure to mute your phone.
- Check your attitude. It’s easy to let nerves to take over. But it’s critical to get in a good frame of mind to shine. Make sure you smile, greet everyone in a friendly way, offer a firm handshake, show your interest throughout the interview, and let the employer know you want the job.
The job interview is your time to show the employer you are the best candidate. So do everything you can to make the most of it—before you even leave home.