To employers the interview is the most important part of evaluating a candidate. You have sent in your resume and finally, the phone rings. You are asked to come in for an interview. Review the checklist below to increase your chances of a successful interview. Remember, preparation is the key to success, and you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
____ ____ I know the full name of the company.
____ ____ I know the name, title and phone number of the contact person/interviewer.
____ ____ I have the address (suite number, etc.) of the interview.
____ ____ I have researched the company, the industry and the position I am applying for.
____ ____ I have accurate driving directions. If using public transportation, know your route in advance.
____ ____ I have a copy of my cover letter prepared for the company and position to which I am applying.
____ ____ I have a couple of extra copies of my resume.
____ ____ I have copies of letters of recommendation.
____ ____ I have a list of personal and professional references.
____ ____ I can effectively articulate 3-5 reasons why I am a good fit for the job.
____ ____ I can discuss the contents of my resume in detail.
____ ____ I have prepared at least 3 questions to ask my interviewer.
____ ____ I have a list of my employment history with full names, addresses and dates of employment.
____ ____ I have a pen and a notepad.
____ ____ I have reviewed possible interview questions and practiced my responses.
____ ____ I have prepared my clothes, shoes and accessories.
____ ____ I will get a good night's rest to avoid appearing tired or unattentive during my interview.
Article by Fort Bend Works