It is critical to be prepared when you are called to go on an interview. Check off these items as you prepare for your interview:
- Know your employer—learn about the organization in general and specific office if possible.
- Be prepared to emphasize your strengths and how they fit the job.
- Arrive early and call if you are delayed or need to reschedule.
- References—bring a list of three references; do not use family members.
- Portfolios—prepare a sample of documents, projects, and pictures representing your skills and achievements in a notebook or portfolio binder.
- Dress up—first impressions are lasting.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
- Bring several copies of your resume, a pad of paper and pen to make notes.
- Have a positive attitude and a friendly smile.
- Practice interviewing with a friend or family member until the process seems natural.
Check out this list of common interview questions from the U.S. Department of Labor CareerOneStop.