for the Interview
- Since the time allotted for
the interview is limited, and to make this time meaningful,
gather as much information as possible about the company
ahead of time. Furthermore, confirm the interview
location, so that you will not be lost on the day
of the interview.
of the Interview
- Even though you may have already
sent your resume, be sure to bring a hard copy with
you on that day. You never know who else may be sitting
in on the interview. Bring with you the documents
showing that you can legally work in the United although
it may not be necessary for this interview. Many companies
often call candidates for second, or even third interviews
before they make a hiring decision.
- First impressions are very
critical. Although a first impression does not dictate
the decision on employment itself, if it is poor,
you are already at a disadvantage. Thus, at minimum,
dress neatly and be punctual.
- During the interview, ask about
the company and the job description, and take good
notes on important items. This would be a good time
to mention some of the things you have learned about
the company through your own research. Also, your
responses or questions should be clear and concise.
Make certain that your motivation and seriousness
are felt strongly by the interviewer. You will have
to actively sell your own market values to the company.
- Make sure to thank the interviewer
for their time and let him or her know that you are
interested in the position. This concludes the interview
and you will be waiting to hear for the results. In
the United States, as a general practice, a “Thank
you card” or letter is sent to the interviewer
to show appreciation, and to make one last appeal
for the position, and to show that you are really
interested. This is also a good place to mention some
specific ways that you would plan to help the company
if you were hired, now that you have had some time
to think over the interview. The card should be sent
within a week after the interview.