Your resume should present your business experience, academic credentials, and if applicable, any specific work-related skills, awards, or professional memberships. A strong resume is the first step to a potential employer.
• Become familiar with the organization and individuals with whom you will be interviewing with.
• Have multiple copies of your resume and organize any other materials that you’re taking with you.
• Turn your cell phone OFF
• Do not be late. Give yourself an extra 20 minutes and be conscious of potential traffic. Track your route prior to the day of your interview.
• First Impression – walk, talk and look the part. Be confident, maintain eye contact, and present a strong handshake and a smile!
• Prepare for the statement “Tell me about yourself” by planning your focus and emphasizing relevant skills that you have early on in the interview.
• Always portray yourself in a positive light. Avoid speaking negatively and never talk badly about a former boss or co-worker.
• Focus on skills you can implement immediately. Employers want to hear how you could hit the ground running and contribute to the company immediately.
• Support your claim of being the best candidate for the position by providing examples of where you developed, enhanced, or used specific relevant skills.
• Always send a thank you note after your interview.
• No matter how badly you may want to update your social media, do not share the details of your interview online. Your interviewers may be checking on your activity.