The Job Interview

Your job application and resume got you this far. Now, more than ever, it's important to make a good impression. Begin by doing a little homework so you're prepared for the interview. The more you know about the company and the job you are applying for, the better you will appear in the interview. Find out as much information as you can about the company and what it does. Equally important, but sometimes overlooked, is simply knowing the location of the interview and how to get there.

Preparing for the Job Interview

Prepare your interview materials before you leave for the interview. Bring several copies of your resume and a list of references. Dress appropriately for the interview. You will be judged in some respects by what you wear and how you present yourself.


  • Clean face, hands and nails?
  • Clean hair, combed?
  • Clean, pressed clothing?
  • Teeth brushed?
  • Deodorant used?
  • Shoes clean and appropriate?
  • Sunglasses put away?
  • Good posture?

Common Mistakes in Job Interviews

  • Arriving late for the job interview.
  • Being inappropriately dressed.
  • Slouching in your seat.
  • Not making eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Providing rambling answers. It tells the interviewer you're disorganized.
  • Indicating that you know nothing about the company and what it does.
  • Displaying no enthusiasm for the job.
  • Appearing desperate for a job and any job!
  • Badmouthing your former employers.
  • Asking no questions, especially when given the opportunity to do so.
  • Answering questions with a simple "yes" or "no." The interviewer knows you┬┐re nervous but remaining so uncommunicative will suggest disinterest.