You put in the time to create a cover letter and resume that caught the attention of the hiring manager and now you’ve been asked to come in for a job interview.

What’s next?

Make a plan of action. 

  • Know where you’re going! And what time to be there.
  • What should you wear?
  • What should you bring?
  • Know your resume.
  • Have some questions of your own ready.
  • Follow up with an email or call.

Let’s take a look at each of these bullets.

  • Know where you’re going. You should have the company’s address mapped out before you ever leave.  Plan for travel time (traffic/time of day).  DON’T BE LATE!! As a matter of fact, 5-10 minutes early is best.
  • What should you wear? This question is interpretive.  Depending on the type of business/job you are applying for, you should dress accordingly.  If you will be working in an office; business dress/business casual.  In a warehouse setting, lean more towards khakis/nice dark jeans and a collared shirt.
  • What should you bring? Whether you have already forwarded your cover letter and resume, bring a copy. Don’t just expect the hiring manager to keep up with your paperwork.   Also, bring your identification.
  • Know your resume. The hiring manager will be looking at your resume and asking questions from it.  Know what you’ve written and prepare to interpret and expand on anything asked.
  • Have some questions of your own ready. You will most likely be asked, “Do you have any questions for me?” Think about this carefully.  You might have questions like pay wage, hours, start date, etc…  These are things that you need to consider when you decide if YOU want the job.  Don’t be shy to ask.
  • Follow up with an email or call. This is an important step.  Once the interview is over and you have left, the hiring manager goes back to their job and responsibility.  When you follow up with an email or call, this puts your name back on their mind.  Personalize and send a simple message like {Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you.  I look forward to hearing from you.}


Come back tomorrow to learn about the job interview from the interviewers prospective.


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