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5 Steps to Preparing for a Succesful Interview

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 3, 2010

Congratulations, you have made it to the second stage of the employment search. Now that you have landed an interview, what do you do?

1.  Do your Research

The first thing you want to do after you have been asked to come for an in person interview is research the company. You can do this  by checking out the company’s website. Read the company’s history, vision and mission statements. Search for  any information about the department that you are seeking  a position in. You can also check Sorkin’s directory in the library or read St. Louis business journal or search other , local publications for information about the company.

2. Create your Interview Questions and Answers

Next search on-line and  for sample interview questions or go to the library and check out some books about interviewing.  Select some questions and prepare your answers. Then practice interviewing in front of the mirror, set up a  mock interview session with a friend or family member. You can even recorder it with a camcorder.

3. Dress the part

Pick out a professional outfit. If you are in a creative industry you can show a little personality with your attire. For men select a suit and tie preferably in dark colors. Women  have more choices a dress, pants ,or suit with skirt preferably in dark colors. Leave your jewelry at home (wear minimum jewelry). No body jewelry. Women should decide to take a purse or portfolio. Make sure you have plenty of copies of your resume

4. Know before you go

Make sure you have a way to the interview. Remember to keep up the maintenance on your vehicle during your job search. The day of your interview is  a bad time to have flat or break down.  Before you go to the interview make sure you know where place is. Drive the route if necessary. Get directions if you need then from yahoo or google maps. Consult a street guide or call the company for directions, if you do not have internet access. If you are a parent arrange for childcare.

5. Ready, Set, Action

Arrive at the interview alone, no more than 10 to 15 minutes early. If you  are going to be late , call and let the interviewer know. Do not smoke before the interview. Turn off your cell phone. Once you arrive greet the receptionist. Ask for the rest room and check your appearance in the mirror, and take care of any other concerns. Get rid of any gum or candy.

Reprinted from the The People’s Employment Journal

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2 Responses to “5 Steps to Preparing for a Succesful Interview”

  1. lbwong said

    Good info! Being prepared for an interview is the difference between getting the job or not getting the job. Earlier in the year I went on my first interview in a decade! The corporate recruiter told be afterwards that I impressed the interviewers. They told her I appeared to be calm and answered the questions well. Although, I really was nervous having prepared for the interview helped me immensely. For those who are seeking a job, do follow the steps mentioned above–it works!

    By the way, here is a previous post I wrote about behavioral interviews, which are becoming more popular than traditional interviews: http://lbwong.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/interviewers-best-behavior/.

    • pwg2011 said

      Thank you for your comment. Knowing how to interview is important to overcoming the obstacle of unemployment or under employment. Please follow us on twitter @stlpwg.

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