When I was young and looking for my first job, I remember going to an interview at a local video store. I had practiced the traditional interview questions and dressed up nice. As I walked in to the interview the Employer asked me how I was doing and though I was extremely nervous I said I am doing great. After acing most of the average questions I began to feel a bit cocky and more relaxed, the interviewer seemed to like me as he had a huge smile on his face and I was feeling confident. At the end of the Interview, as I opened the door to leave, the employer shouted across the store “By the way your fly is undone”.
Sometimes Interviews don’t go according to plan. This is just one of many stories I could tell you about the horror of when things go wrong. While we can’t plan for everything, I have come up with this check list to hopefully keep this from happening to you.
- Practice- The most important thing you can do to prepare for an interview is to practice. There are plenty of online resources and Mock questions to help you prepare for your Interview. You can even sometimes find the question the company uses.
- Know the Employer – don’t go in to an interview blind. Look over the employer’s website, if they have one, talk to people that know about the business.
- Dress to impress – they say that you should always dress one step up from the company you are interviewing at. If they wear khakis and polo you need to ware slacks and a button up shirt.
- Get the S.E.A.L. of approval – Shake their hand, keep Eye contact, Ask questions, and Listen.
- Always always always show up on time. You should show up 10 to 15 minutes early.
- Follow up – after a day call and thank them for the opportunity to interview, and after a week call and follow up.
If you follow this list it will give you an edge up. And remember check your Fly…
Written by Adam Fortna