Eight Easy Steps to a Winning Interview (continued)
4. Have a list of questions YOU want answered beforehand. See #1 above. At the job interview don't ask questions you should already have answers for, however, you DO want to demonstrate interest by having a few questions for the interviewer that are more specific about the job, the projects, the immediate needs and the challenges the person filling this job might be facing.
5. Dress for a job interview not a date. See John Molloy's Dress for Success. It's dated but still the best book there is. If you're not sure, call ahead to either your interviewer or the HR department and ask what to wear. When in doubt, dress more conservatively. You want to fit in and not feel self conscious about your clothing choice during the interview.
6. Watch your body language. Don't fidget, play with your pen or keep adjusting your collar or your hair. Remember body language sends a strong signal to others about your inner feelings, your intentions and thoughts. Bad body language usually stems from nerves or low confidence. You can reduce your jitters and raise your confidence by preparing well in advance of your job interview.
7. End the job interview with an answer to this question "what is our next step?" You've gone this far, you have a right to know exactly what is going to happen as a reult of this meeting. You need to take responsibility for asking this simple question at the conclusion of the meeting. Don't wait for the interviewer. You deserve an answer before you leave the room.
8. Send an Interview Thank You letter. Do this within the first 24 hours of your interview if at all possible. A handwritten note will really separate you from everyone else that's interviewing for this position.
You become more effective by having only eight simple job interview actions to keep track of. Since you have been preparing weeks ahead of time for this moment, much of this work has already been completed. Keeping track of these eight small steps for your job interview will greatly increase the chances in your favor of walking out a winner and one very large step closer to landing the job you really want.