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Interview Pointers

some of these ideas borrowed from Monster.com
Here are some ideas to help you stay focused before, during and after the interview. Preparing in advance for your interview will help you feel more prepared and confident.
In the Days Before the Interview
  1. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left side, make a bulleted list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting. On the right side, make a bulleted list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
  2. Do your research. Call and ask questions. Check the website.
  3. Get permission from your references to use their names.
Before You Go to the Interview
  1. Do you look professional? Check yourself in the mirror. Get feedback from a spouse, friend or co-worker.
  2. Carry these items to the interview:
    • Copy of your documents-see letter.
    • Copy of extra training & education.
    • A copy of your references.
    • A pad of paper on which to take notes (notes are optional).
Upon Arrival
  1. Arrive early -- enter the building at least 10 minutes before your appointment.
  2. Go to the restroom and check your appearance one last time.
  3. Announce yourself to the receptionist in a professional manner.
  4. Stand and greet your interviewer with a hearty -- not bone-crushing -- handshake.
  5. Do you need a mint? Be prepared.
  6. Smile and look into the interviewer's eyes.
During the Interview
  1. Try to focus on the points you have prepared without sounding rehearsed or stiff.
  2. Understand the concepts as opposed to memorizing data.
  3. Relax and enjoy the conversation. Learn what you can about the company.
  4. Ask questions and listen.
  5. At the conclusion, thank the interviewer and determine the next steps.
  6. Ask for the interviewer's business card so you can send a follow-up letter.
After the Interview
  1. Write a follow-up thank-you letter to the interview team.