- Do your homework. Research the organization and the department before you go on the interview.
- Prepare. Prior to your interiew, conduct a mock interview with a friend as practice.
- Secure references. Find at least three key people for example: former supervisors, colleagues, or instructors who are willing to serve as your professional references.
- Look the part. Dress for Success!
- Know where you’re going and arrive early. Make sure you know where the office is and how long the trip will take. Know the name(s) of the person you will be meeting and the time. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview.
- Bring necessary documentation. Make sure you bring extra copies of your resume. Don’t forget a portfolio(s), or other professional work samples.
- Sell yourself. The interview is your time to shine. Talk about your strengths, abilities, and the accomplishments that sets you apart from other applicants.
- Ask questions. The interviewer will be impressed with candidates that show interest and knowledge about the organization.
- Follow up. After an interview, don’t forget to send a note or email thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration, as well as restating your interest and commitment to the position.
Every interview is a valuable learning experience. Even if you don’t get the particular job, you will be better prepared and more at ease when the next interview rolls around. Good Luck!