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Preparation

  • Learn about the organization;
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind;
  • Review your qualifications for the job;
  • Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself;
  • Review your resume;
  • Practice an interview with a friend or relative;
  • Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview.

Personal Appearance

  • Be well groomed;
  • Dress appropriately;
  • Do not chew gum or smoke.

The Interview

  • Answer each question concisely;
  • Respond promptly;
  • Use good manners. Learn the name of your interviewer and shake hands as you meet;
  • Use proper English and avoid slang;
  • Be cooperative and enthusiastic;
  • Ask questions about the position and the organization;
  • Thank the interviewer and follow up with a letter.

Test (if given)

  • Listen closely to instructions;
  • Read each question carefully;
  • Write legibly and clearly;
  • Budget your time wisely and don't dwell on one question.

Information to Bring to an Interview

  • Social Security number;
  • Driver's license number;
  • Resume. Although not all employers require applicants to bring a resume, you should be able to furnish the interviewer with information about your education, training, and previous employment;
  • References. Usually an employer requires three references. Get permission from people before using their names, and make sure they will give you a good reference. Avoid using relatives. For each reference, provide the following information: name, address, telephone number, and job title.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

More information can be obtained from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) 1640 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22313. Phone (703) 683-8100.