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The To Do's For A Job Interview

Updated on July 17, 2011
Compliments of my dad.
Compliments of my dad.

Interview Preparation

So you went online and applied for the job of your choice. You get a phone call to set up an interview. All of the arrangements have been made. Now what?

Here are a few examples that will hopefully help you to pass your interview with flying colors.


Do Your Homework

The first thing you should do is your homework on the company. It is important to know what you are attempting to get yourself into. Taking on a job is a commitment and it is important to get better acquainted with the company. The internet is a good resource. However, there are other avenues. Please review a few suggestions that I have listed below to help you with your research.

  • If it is a large company, more than likely, they will have a biography on their website.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau website at www.bbb.org. It is important to know how they treat their customers.
  • Call the company and ask questions.
  • If a friend currently works or have worked for the company, they can provide you with information.

Be careful not to overload with information and definitely don't spill it all out in your interview.


Example of what not to wear to an interview! (compliments of me)
Example of what not to wear to an interview! (compliments of me)

Dress for Success

The next step is to think about your wardrobe choice. Unfortunately, your outer appearance does matter. Therefore, you must dress for success. Even if the dress code calls for jeans, you must dress above and beyond the code.

I have been a part of management and assisted with the hiring process. Therefore, I speak from personal experience. A lot of the individuals that conducted the interviews scanned the applicant over and immediately said, "No!". I know it sucks, but the world is a visual place. You can have all of the education and experience in the world but if you're not dressed the part, you will not go beyond that interview.

  • Have a neutral colored business suit with a collard shirt. No loud colors. This applies to both men and women.
  • Men..dress shoes are required. Please don't wear tennis shoes. It will not produce a polished look.
  • Women...I love my heels and I love to wear them extremely high but on a job interview it is not going to fly.

Please use your common sense. If you really are at a loss, there are several websites that will show you what to wear.

Mock Interviews

A mock interview is a practice interview. If it's been a while since you been on an interview, this would be a really good option. Every employer is different and the interview questions will vary. However, it will help you with your pre interview jitters. A good place to start on how to get help with a mock interview is with a non profit employment agency. They will be able to help groom you for your interview.

I remember when I was employed with a temporary agency and was paid to participate in a mock interview. I was fortunate, the company that hired us for the interviews were training their managers on how to conduct them.

Compliments of my youngest son.
Compliments of my youngest son.

Sell Yourself

When you are on the interview, you are there to sell yourself. You are your product. It is important to know your work history and know your skills. I have been on plenty of interviews and did not remember the duties I performed on my previous jobs. It don't look good if you are reading your resume word for word to your interviewer.

You want to look confident and give them plenty of eye contact. Don't slouch. Make sure that you speak with complete sentences. If you don't understand a question, ask them to rephrase it. It is your time to shine.

Make sure that you have several copies of your resume and your "Professional References" available. I cannot stress enough that it is not feasible to have someone pretend that they were your supervisor. You can really embarrass yourself and damage your credibility.

If the job you are applying for requires you to provide samples of your work, make sure that you have that in order. It would be a good idea to have letters of recommendations from other employers. Also, proof of awards for outstanding service, etc.

I am not telling you to over do it. I feel that it's wise to be prepared. Just try to have the mind not to throw everything that you compiled on the table during your interview.


Compliments of a family friend.
Compliments of a family friend.

It's End of Interview Question Time

A lot of employers like for you to ask questions at the end of the interview. But don't go overboard by bombarding them with tons of questions. At least ask five questions. Listed below are a few examples of some of the questions that I have asked.

  • Why do you like working here?
  • How would the quality and productivity of my work be measured?
  • What type of training program is provided for the position?
  • How does the company contribute to the community?
  • Where do you see the future of the company in three years?

Try not to get discouraged if don't get the position. Think positive before you go into the interview. Don't tell yourself that your not going to get the job. If you put negative energy out that is what's going to be brought back to you. Remember that when one door closes another one opens. Everything happens for a reason.

I hope the information I provided is helpful and I wish you luck on your job search. Thank you for reading my hub.


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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      All of these are excellent tips, sassyk73! Thanks for sharing them- I hope people take heed!

    • sassyk73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A. Harris 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      @Will Starr...Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your kind words.

      @Zynel...I am glad that you were able to get something out of this :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Zynel 

      7 years ago

      Great tips! Thank You I needed this!

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very good advice!

      Look good + sound good + feel good = a job!

    • sassyk73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A. Harris 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      @Sinea...thank you for stopping by. It is a pleasure to see you again.

      I worked for a company that had horrible customer service and never came through on their promises to rectify situations. As a result, I was on the receiving end of their unhappiness.

      @amazonrus...thank yu for stopping by. I hope this have helped you in some way. Good luck on your interview. Let me know how everything went.

      @Spirit Whiperer...thank you for your kind words. I am so happy to see you. I hope all has been well with you :) I was kind of nervous writing an article dealing with this subject because I am so use to expressing my thoughts through poetry. It didn't turn out so bad. I am going to attempt to write another one on some things that I have hidden in my brain. Lol..it turns out that I know a lot more than I give myself credit for.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Some very useful and practical tips. Your son looks very distinguished in the photo and a credit to your good self. behind every great man is a great woman!Thank you.

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      amazonrus 

      7 years ago from Earth

      Thanks I had a good glance on this article as I'm busy preparing myself for my interview Tomorrow! Ya Allah!

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This is great advice...I especially like the Better Business Bureau suggestion. It is very important to know how the company treats others and if they live up to their responsibilities.

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