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Preparing for the interview
Proper preparation can make the difference between receiving and not receiving a job offer.
  • Do some research about the company (size, products, annual sales revenue, principal lines of business and locations, etc.). Check their website or find company information at "PRnewswire.com" or "companiesonline.com." This will not only make you feel more comfortable during the interview, but it will also prepare you to show genuine interest in the company.
  • Know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer’s full name, the correct pronunciation and his or her title. Find out how many people are involved in the interviewing process and who the final decision maker is.
  • Be prepared to ask questions during the interview. Your questions allow the hiring manager to evaluate your professional and personal needs. Insightful questions help both of you determine if your relationship will be mutually rewarding. Avoid questions that relate to salary, benefits, vacations, and retirement.
  • Allow sufficient time for the interview. Plan to arrive exactly ten minutes before your actual appointment. There is no excuse for tardiness at an interview.
  • Dress appropriately. Plan how you will dress for the interview, remember that there is only one chance to make a good first impression. Men should wear a dark suit, white shirt, a solid or striped tie, and black shoes. Women should wear a knee length skirted suit or tailored dress with matching jacket, neutral colored sheer hose, dark pumps, and a minimum of make-up and jewelry.
  • Keep a positive frame of mind. Set other concerns aside and focus on what you are going to accomplish at the interview. Relax.