Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 things to remember for an interview

Written by: Diane Delgado LeMaire, Senior Managing Director & Branch Manager, CFS Houston

1. Plan Ahead
Yes, it can be a hassle, but take the time to drive by the location the day before your interview. You’ll feel much more relaxed when navigating to the location. The last thing you need on the day of the interview is to get lost and arrive stressed out. This does not set a good tone for the day!

2. Arrive Early
Arrive at the building 20 to 30 minutes early to review your notes, but do not go in until 5 to 10 minutes before the interview (depending on building security). You don’t want to throw the interviewer off. They have a schedule too and they may be taking that time to prepare for you.

3. Calm Your Nerves
Wash your hands with cold water before you walk into the interview, especially if tend to have sweaty palms. Don’t forget to give yourself a little pep talk and walk in with confidence!

4. Turn Off Your Phone
Do not play on your cell phone! No exceptions. It does not make a good impression to be playing candy crush on your phone when the hiring manager walks out to come greet you. Turn your phone completely off or consider leaving it in your car so there’s no distraction.

5. Greet the Receptionist
Be friendly to the receptionist. Believe it or not, this person could hinder your ability to get the job! They will be the first person to speak up if you are rude.

6. Have Good Posture
Sit up tall and confident and smile at the people walking by. You will be making a great first impression with several people without formally meeting them! 

7. Double Check
One last time, make sure your phone is off! Yes, completely off. I know you didn’t leave it in the car. You do not want to risk the phone ringing or even vibrating in the interview. The world will not come to an end if you cannot be reached for an hour.

8. Bring a Portfolio
Have your portfolio with your resume, notes, and prepared questions organized and ready to go. Make sure the portfolio is appropriate for a professional interview!

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