Cliché, but true: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The first interview is your only opportunity for a second interview, so take it seriously.
Here are some interview tips to help you ace your first meeting and increase your chances for a return interview.
Do your homework.
Learn about the company on the Internet. Your Avanti Staffing Personnel Consultant is knowledgeable about the interviewer and the company culture, so don’t be afraid to ask us questions. Brush up on the industry by reviewing industry association Web sites or industry publications.
Dress for success.
Dress conservatively - a navy, black or gray suit is your best choice. Ladies should wear minimal jewelry and understated makeup. Fingernails should be clean and neat.
Don't overpower the senses.
Interviews generally take place within closed quarters so make sure your perfume or cologne does not overpower. Watch what you eat before the interview and keep a breath mint on hand. Never chew gum during an interview.
Get a good night's sleep and, if possible, plan your interview for the time of day when you are at your best. Avoid planning an interview before work or during lunch if you cannot be flexible with your time. Allow more time for the interview than you think you need to avoid feeling rushed.
Be on time.
Arrive early but no more than 10 to 15 minutes for your interview. Make sure you understand the directions to the location. If you're not familiar with the area, it doesn't hurt to find the location a few days before the interview.
Be conscious of your nonverbal behavior.
Look the interviewer in the eye. Remain professional in posture and demeanor. Sit up straight and control nervous habits, like fidgeting or nail biting.
Talk enthusiastically about your skills, knowledge, and abilities but don’t go over the top and make sure you don’t talk too much. Answer the question that is put before you, but don't reveal more information than necessary.
Be pleasant, but not overly friendly.
You are interviewing for a job, not a new best friend. Brush up on your knowledge of etiquette, particularly if lunch or dinner is part of the interview.
Don't interrupt the speaker, ask for permission to take notes, and don't let long pauses make you feel uncomfortable.
Write a thank you note immediately after the interview.
Be sure to get business cards for proper spelling and addresses.
Preparation is key: get ready to answer typical job interview questions.