By |September 11th, 2015|

Interview Tips: Interview Checklist

Tomorrow is your big interview!Smiling businessmen listening to young female during interview

You’ve worked hard for this opportunity. Make sure that you are ready by following this interview checklist:

  • Confirm date, time and location of the interview.
  • Print out directions to the interview location; make a dry run and remember that traffic can impact the drive time.
  • Allow enough time in the commute to ensure arriving fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled interview.
  • Look at the web site one last time to be refreshed on the details of the company.
  • Allow for extra time in the interview to include the possibility of a company tour, lunch appointment, introductions and/or taking an employment test.
  • Commit the name of the interviewer to memory.
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer.
  • Determine what to wear in advance to ensure that clothes are cleaned and pressed. Shoes should be shined as well.
  • Be well groomed.
  • Prepare for the tough questions; “Why has it taken so long for you to get through school”?, “Why were your grades so poor in the first year?”
  • Bring a professional notepad and pen.
  • Have extra copies of the resume.
  • Be prepared to complete a job application; bring all pertinent dates of employment/school.
  • Bring names and phone numbers of references (make sure that references have a copy of the resume and know that they may be contacted).
  • Bring along certificates, letters of recommendation or transcripts.
  • Prepare for the interview (practice answering questions out loud).
  • Get emotionally prepared by using self talk; be positive and encouraging.
  • Immediately after the interview, send any information that was requested and a handwritten thank you note to each individual in the interview.

About the Author: Laurie Simonson

Laurie Simonson, AAAPM is the Director of Operations at Froehling Anderson.