Be on Time - You only get to make a first impression once, and being late to an interview is not a good way to start. Plan ahead to make sure that you arrive early. Be Prepared - Be ready to speak about every item on your resume. This is typically all the information an employer knows about you prior to an interview. Be prepared to discuss why you are interested in the job you are seeking and why you would like to live in the city the job is located. An employer likes to know that you are committed to sticking around for awhile. Dress For Success – It may go without saying, but dress professionally for a first interview - a business suit is a must. You may not win a job based upon what you're wearing, but you may lose one. Remember, you can dress professionally and still be yourself.
Know Who You're Interviewing With – Once you are selected for an interview, it's a good idea to do some background research on the employer you will be interviewing with. The more you know about your potential employer, the better equipped you will be to ask questions during the interview. Ask Questions – Although an interview is an opportunity for an employer to learn about you, it's also an opportunity for you to learn more about them. For example, how many billable hours will you be required to bill? What type of law will you be practicing if you win the job? What is the employer hoping to find in the candidate it hires? Learning as much information as you can about your potential employer allows you to make an informed decision in the event you receive an offer of employment. Bring Copies of Your Resume – The employer who you will be interviewing with may have multiple interviews before getting the chance to meet with you. It's a good idea to bring copies of your resume with you, just in case the employer has misplaced his/her copy. Use Examples – In order to highlight some of the items on your resume, you may want to provide some specific examples of projects you have worked on, or experience you have gained. This can really help make some of the items on your resume stand out. Be honest – If an employer asks you a question, give an honest answer. If you get caught exaggerating your prior skills or experience, you will be setting yourself up for big trouble later on. Remember, the goal of the job selection process is to match the right candidate with the right employer. If you're not a good fit for the employer, or the employer isn't a good fit for you, it's better to know sooner rather than later. Talk...But Not Too Much – Answer all of the interviewer's questions as thoroughly as possible, but also remember that you may have several topics to cover. Don't spend ten minutes of a half-hour interview explaining why you received your undergraduate degree in psychology.
Say Thanks - Following your interview, you may want to send a brief thank you letter to the interviewer. Hopefully, you made a good impression during the interview, however sending a follow-up communication can help you stand out.
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