Job Interview: What to Do Before, During and After Your Interview

job-interviewJob interviews can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes it seems like there is so much to remember. Forgetting one important detail could be the deal breaker so it pays to be prepared. I turned to Carole Martin, the Interview Coach, for some tips on what to do before, during, and after the job interview.

Upon arrival to your job interview
  • Arrive early, but do not enter the building until 10 minutes before your appointment.
  • Review your preparation stories and answers.
  • Go to the restroom and run cool water on your hands and inside your wrists to cool your hands down. Check your appearance once again.
  • Announce yourself to the receptionist in a professional manner (Don't underestimate the receptionist's opinion).
  • Stand and greet your interviewer with a hearty (not bone crusher) handshake.
  • Smile and look into the interviewer's eyes -- note the color.
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During the job interview
  • Be as enthusiastic as your personality will allow; bringing energy to the interview will help the interviewer and you.
  • Try to focus on the points you have prepared without being too rehearsed and stiff.
  • Relax and enjoy the conversation. Learn what you can about the company and whether you would like to work there.
  • Ask questions and listen, not only to what is said, but trying to read between the lines.
  • At the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewer for his/her time and find out what the next step will be.

After the job interview
  • As soon as possible after leaving the building, write down what you are thinking and feeling. Let it all flow and then put it away. The interview is over. Do not dwell on the situation.
  • Later in the day, or the next day, look at what you wrote and assess how you did. What you will do differently next time – what worked and what didn't.
  • Sit down and write a follow-up letter. Thank the interviewer for the opportunity, remind the interviewer of the qualities you would bring to this position, and address any concerns or issues that surfaced during the interview. This is another chance for you to sell yourself.

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Why do these 'How to ace an interview" articles always make interviews sound so intimidating and difficult? Telling us to go to the bathroom as soon as we get to the place of hire and rinse our hands off in cool water? Why, I guess they are telling us that because we're gonna be sweating and panic ridden? No, it's gonna make the interviewer think we have diarreah or just took a dump, what if the interviewer calls you and your in the bathroom, she asks the receptionist "Where is she?" Receptionist says "She had to go to the bathroom." i'd be totally embarrassed, whether I was actually crapping or just applying makeup. Also, you make the person doing the interview sound like this big monster who's never been through the interview process themselves. You're telling us to basically act like a robot with a boring or no personality. My advice to people who have an interview coming up: chill out and be yourself. If you are qualified, you'll get the job. If your not, then do whatever to get qualified, but dont act like a robot. Most Americans don't have to go through THOSE kinds of interviews anyways, where you gotta wear a certain thing or bring a breifcase and put on a fake smile and shake hands a certain way. I wish someone will give REAL advice on proper interview etiquette for the REST of us. (You know, the dumb people...the other 93% of the country who isn't white collar.)

April 04 2011 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chuck & PJ Bedy

I am always a very strong proponent of finding out and learning as much as I can about INTERVIEWS and anytype of Initial professional meetings.
These are excellent pointers whuich one can utilize in several situations.
Thanks. I saved your articles.


March 29 2011 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Well i have read few article online like this one. I finished my college and was looking for job hunt..this article helped me in all aspects..hope you share this on to twitter..thanks a lot once again!

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Wonderful article. happy to be in this site..i have just finished my college studies and feel like the tips were of great help! thanks for sharing!

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August 19 2010 at 7:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

turner...I totally agree with everything you said, especially the last sentence !!!

August 17 2010 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Instead of that silly thank you note call the following morning to the person who interviewed you and ask them when the next interview is planned. Tell them you still want to work for their company and set up the time for the next interview. If you were an interviewer who want to read a patronizing note but instead be impressed by the person calling the next day. That shows an interest for the job. Also writing a thank you note shows a weakness and implies the interviewer is stupid and can not remember who they interview.
If you spend several hours researching the company, getting ready for the interview, arriving at the company, and spending an hour with that interviewer you are already showing an interest in the job and the company. A solid interviewer will already ascertain that and already would made a decision of further interest within two hours after the person leaves that office. So the thank you note is silly and as 95% of the applicants are mature enough not to waste their time on the practice when are the interview ao called experts going to get it and stop mentioning it in their advise columns? Time for people to grow up and get out of the high school mentality. The hiring managers should instead be more concerned with properly hiring and training new hires as that area of training really lacks in America and quit playing mindless games.

August 17 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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