Job Interview Checklist

Are you ready to interview? This interview checklist will step you through the process of everything you need to do for a successful interview from interview preparation to follow up.

Get Your Interview Outfit Ready

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The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview. Have an interview outfit ready to go, so you're prepared to interview at a moment's notice. More

Analyze the Job Posting

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Take the time to analyze the job posting. Then make a list of the skills, knowledge, professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are most important for success in the job. Be ready to describe the attributes you have that make you the perfect match for the job. The closer your qualifications match the job requirements, the better chance you'll have of getting a second round interview and a job offer. More

Check Out the Company

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How much do you know about the company that you're interviewing with? Before you go to the interview be sure you're well informed. Here are tips on how to research a company, get the inside scoop on the company culture, and use connections who can help you get an interview advantage. More

Connect With Your Company Contacts

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Who you know at the company you are interviewing with really does matter. Your contacts can help you with inside information on the hiring process and the company. Here's how to use your contacts and connections to get an insider advantage so you can ace the interview and impress the interviewer. More

Practice Answering Interview Questions

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Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview in advance will help give you a framework for your responses and will help reduce stress, because you won't be scrambling for an answer during the interview. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you're actually in a job interview. More

Work on Your Interview Technique

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A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention from the job. The more you know about successful interview techniques, the smoother the interview. More

Brush Up on Interview Etiquette

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Is it okay to bring a cup of coffee or your cell phone to the interview? Some people do, but it's definitely not proper interview etiquette to bring anything into the interview room other than yourself and your credentials for the job. Brush up on proper interview etiquette before you go. More

Get Directions and Arrange Transportation

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It's important to know where you need to go for your job interview. You don't want to be late. Use Google Maps or Mapquest to get directions if you're not sure where you are going. Program your GPS, if you have one, so you can find the best route to the company. Check on parking and/or public transportation so you arrive with time to spare. More

What to Bring to the Interview

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It's important to know what to bring to a job interview — a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a ​list of references, and questions you have for the interviewer. Be sure you have everything you need ready to go. More

Send a Thank You Note

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Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position. Use your thank you letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview. More