The career and job website, Careerealism.com, offers sound advice for those who are entering different stages of the job search.
G.L. Hoffman, who also writes for Forbes.com and is a contributor with Careerealism.com, gives friendly reminders before you walk into your interview.
1. ResearchThe Employer
Find out what they are doing. What are their issues? Google them, read business press, niche publications, local papers – everything you can find. As you’re reading this stuff, be thinking only one thing: How can I help them?
2. Research The Interviewer And The Hiring Manager
Google them, read their bios on LinkedIn, Spoke, wherever. Do they write a blog? Did they post a comment somewhere? Take notes, and figure out what it is about this person you will like.
3. Dress One Level Up From The Interviewer
Jeans environment? Wear khakis. Business casual? Wear a sport coat and tie. Guys, iron your shirt. Girls, you are on your own here. I think you know.
4. Make A Memorable Appearance
Be extra sharp. Tie your tie perfectly. Shine your shoes.
5. Don’t Overdo The Cologne (Or Perfume) Guys.
This is a big one. I know you love your cologne. Trust me, the days of slathering yourself up with “Polo, OMG I Stink Good” are over (since the Senior Prom, in fact).
6. Lose The Gum
I don’t care if you think no one can tell you are chewing it. They can.
7. Leave Your Phone Turned Off (Better Yet, In The Car)
Don’t even think you can sneak one more text in before you get called in.
8. Practice Smiling Seriously
Everyone looks better when they smile. Hey, if you are a humorless dolt and look like it, I am not hiring you. No matter what.
9. Shake Hands Correctly
Look people in the eye. Take notes. Look engaged in life and in the job interview. Be “cool” somewhere else.
10. Be Ready For The Common Interview Questions