1. Write down the exact time and location
of the interview, and keep this information with you. Know
how to get to the interview and how long it will take you.
2. Write down the names and titles of the people interviewing
you. Phone and find out their names. Don't rely on memory,
it may fail you.
3. Research the actual job duties and responsibilities. Then
as you practice your answers to possible interview questions,
relate your skills and accomplishments to the required job
4. Research the company - look in the year-end reports, newsletters,
the library, or ask people in the business. You might even
find information by checking out company profiles on the internet.
Know the company - what does it do? Where does it operate?
5. Research possible interview questions and practice again
and again with someone who can give you feedback. Check
out the CanSask Services or other organizations within your
area who may offer workshops on Preparing for Interviews.
6. Prepare your own questions to ask the interviewer(s). This
can show a genuine interest in the company and the position.
As well, your questions may give you additional information
to base an acceptance or rejection of a job offer. Your questions
may also help you with salary negotiations.
7. Arrive early. If you are kept waiting, don't let it make
8. Dress for
success. Be positive and be confident; show energy and
enthusiasm. Don't over do it. Don't look phoney. First impressions
are important. Many employers make a judgement within the
first four minutes. A positive self-image communicates itself
instantly to others.
9. Take the following items with you to the interview: