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