July 30, 2012 08:27
Over the last 7 years, I have conducted tons of interviews. Here are some things that you may want to keep in mind during your interview.
1) Dress Professionally
2) Review Practice Interview Questions
3) Spell/Grammar Check Your Resume
4) Read your Resume out loud
5) Familiarize yourself with the location of the Interview
With regard to attire, you want to ensure that you attire reflects who you are and the work environment. You want to always wear professional attire regardless of the work environment. Tattoos, if feasible, should always be covered. You should also consider wearing flat closed toe shoes to the interview, since the worksite may contain several buildings or be spread over a warehouse.
The internet is a good place to search for practice interview questions. By simply Google-ing the job title you will be able to see various types of behavioral interview questions. Print these questions and ask a friend to review them with you. This will give you an opportunity to work through any questions that you made need clarification on or that you may need to think a little on the response.
I would also recommend that you practice your responses in the mirror so that you can watch your body language and see what the prospective interviewer will see when they interview you. You may be surprised at what you see.
Resumes should always be spell checked and grammar checked. With the current versions of Microsoft Word, generally anything that is misspelled or requires attention will be underlined in red or green. Use your mouse to right-click those items to correct them. You will also want to read your resume to determine if the information flows and is correct. Print a copy of your resume and read it to verify that the information is correct.
Last but not least, after your interview has been scheduled, do a mock drive to that location. You want to ALWAYS make sure you know the location prior to the interview. It only takes a few minutes out of your schedule to locate the worksite. You also want to confirm that the interview will be held at the jobsite. There are many times when an employer may have multiple worksites. Allow for various traffic patterns and weather conditions (rain, snow, etc.)
Until next time...