There is nothing quite like going for a job interview.  It can be exciting and intimidating, all at the same time.  No one likes going in front of complete strangers who are going to pick over their job history, occasionally ask ridiculous questions, and judge who they are just by interacting with them for an hour.   But, if you succeed, you could be looking at your future career, which is super exciting.  So how do you go in confident that you are going to nail your job interview?  Here are 5 tips that will help.

  1. Know where you are going:  Obviously, it is important to know the address of where your interview is.  But by knowing where you are going, I mean, KNOW the company you are going to.  Do your homework.  Look at the company’s website.  Find out what products they make and what machines they use.  If you can, find out a little bit of the company history.  Having some knowledge will impress your interviewers because it shows you care about the opportunity.  The staffing specialists at Alternative Employment know our clients inside and out.  We make sure that when our candidates go in for client interviews that they know as much as possible about that company.
  2. Dress for success:  Have you ever heard the saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have?”  There is some truth in that.  We hire all kinds of workers, for a variety of positions, including manufacturing jobs, administrative, IT, hospitality and more.  One thing I tell everyone that we send out for interviews is to dress like you are going to an interview.  Whether you will be on a manufacturing floor using your hands or sitting behind a desk doing customer service, the interview is the one shot you have at impressing your potential new boss.  So even if you will be wearing jeans and a t-shirt for your job, dress nicely for the interview.  At Alternative Employment we make sure our interviewees know the appropriate dress for every situation they are walking into.
  3. Know your resume:  Most companies ask for a resume (or at least a completed application with your job history).  Make sure you know your information forwards and backwards.  Your interviewer will ask you about your job history and any other information you have put in front of them.  The last thing you want is for the person to ask you why you left a company and you don’t have an answer for them.   If you are having problems trying to figure out the best way to put your resume together the staffing specialists at Alternative Employment can help!
  4. Ask questions:  Going in for an interview isn’t all about you getting grilled.  Really, an interview is also a chance for you to interview the company.  Why do people like working there?  What is the culture like?  What is the potential for advancement?  This is all important information you will want to know while considering a job offer. It also looks good if you show interest in the company.  I would recommend coming with a list of questions, so that you look prepared and you won’t forget anything you really want answered. Not sure what to ask?  Alternative Employment can help by discussing the important things in your life such as do you have or will you need childcare while you are working?  Do you like a laid back environment or does it drive you crazy if you aren’t constantly busy?  These are the types of questions that will help you determine if an opportunity is a right fit.
  5. Follow up:  It is always a good idea to send a thank you note to any company that you interview with.  Even if it is a company who may not be a good fit for you, it is good practice to always show appreciation for the opportunity to interview.  Plus, companies talk to each other.  You always want to leave a good impression because you never know who your next interviewer might know. That’s another area where the staffing specialists at Alternative Employment can help.  Not sure what to write?  We have examples that you can use to make your very own personalized thank you.

Good luck on your next interview!  And if you are looking for work, check out our Facebook page at where we have our current job openings!


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