Interview Preparation Tips

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  • Be presentable and dress appropriately. Many times the traditional suit is the best choice, but some companies are much more casual and therefore business casual attire is a better choice. Whether you are dressed in a suit or in something more casual, it is definitely wise to make sure that your shirt is pressed, your shoes are shined, and your nails are clean.
  • Do your research. Look up the company online. Read over the website and any articles that you can find. Make sure to have a clear understanding of what they do and be familiar with any recent news stories. Look over the job description and make sure that you are familiar with the technologies mentioned. If you need to review anything, make sure to do so.
  • Arrive early. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early. You may have to wait, but make sure that you have that extra time in case you run into traffic, have trouble finding the building, or have to park far from the building.
  • Set aside enough time. Plan ahead so that you are not distracted or trying to cut it short to get to another obligation.
  • Make eye contact and smile. It seems simple, but it makes a huge difference.
  • Let your personality shine through. Even if you are nervous, make sure that the interviewer not only sees you as a technical expert, but also as a pleasant co-worker. A good personality and attitude often makes a huge difference.
  • Be honest. If you are asked a question that you don’t know the answer to, be honest and say so. It would be great to say that you would certainly be willing to learn it, but if you don’t know it, admit it. They will find out soon enough that you lied.
  • Be enthusiastic and ask questions. Every employer wants to give the job to the person who really wants it. Being enthusiastic and asking questions shows interest, which is extremely important.
  • Close the interview. Ask them the next steps and when you should expect to hear something.
  • Follow Up. Call your recruiter after the interview and let him or her know how you think it went, what you talked about, who you spoke with, and, most importantly, if you want the job!

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