How to take control of your next job interview

Sometimes no matter how much training you have under your belt, sitting through a job interview can be nerve-racking. Let’s be honest, it’s an overwhelming process. The last thing you would want is to be in the middle of it and realize you’ve forgotten something or being asked something you weren’t prepared for.

Never fear, the career services specialists at Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health are here to help prepare for your big job interview. Here are a few tips to consider:

Be on time: This is huge. This is your first opportunity to make a great impression. Arrive for your appointment at least 10 to 15 minutes early, just in case the company requires you to fill out paperwork.

Be prepared: Always arrive at the interview with three copies of your resume as it is common for others to sit in on an interview. Also, make sure to bring any letters of recommendation and/or references you may have.

Research the company: You can learn just about anything you need to know about the company you are interviewing by using the internet. More than likely, you will be asked why you’re interested in working for them and this is a great opportunity to that you’ve done your research and you’re serious about the job.

Dress for success: This is one of those situations where you want to look your absolute best. A nice suit, or at least a pressed shirt and tie for the guys, and an office appropriate dress or blouse and slacks for the ladies. Assume the attire is business professional even if you know the atmosphere is casual.

Practice makes perfect: As silly as it may seem, it works! Practice your answers in a mirror or have a friend or family member stand in as “The Interviewer”.

Ask questions: This can be an important part of your interview. By asking questions, you can show just how motivated you are to land this job. If you aren’t sure how to approach them, refer back the research you did before the interview and use what you have learned about the company to formulate a few questions that will make a great impression.

Follow up: After you’ve left the interview, you’ll want to follow up – generally within 24 hours of your appointment – and thank the interviewer(s) for their time. A simple email should do the trick and it goes a long way, again, in showing that you are serious.

Find out more about Career services at Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health

At Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, our Career Services department can help you with writing a resume, job search and interview strategies. For more information about our diverse curriculum, call (603) 622-8400.

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