Before the Interview:
- Go over questions you might be asked during the interview.
- Locate the company several days before the interview so you will know where it is and where to park. Do a "travel run" so you won't have parking/traffic hassles on the day of your interview.
- Research the company.
- Have several copies of your resume to take with you to the interview.
- Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask to determine whether or not this position is right for you.
- Think about what you will wear. You want to make a good first impression.
During the Interview:
- Arrive early for the interview.
- Be clear, precise and confident in your delivery and speech.
- Establish and maintain eye contact.
- Listen carefully to questions asked by the interviewer. Ask for clarification if you need more information.
- Do have answers thought out, although there is no need to rush through them.
- Don't criticize others, especially former employers, supervisors, co-workers.
- Develop points fully, but don't talk too much. Answer questions completely and simply (don't ramble on).
The Cover Letter
A cover letter usually accompanies or "covers" a resume/job application. You want the cover letter to grab the readers' attention. Be creative and elaborate on some of your strengths and skills, but keep it short.
Parts of a cover letter are:
Opening - The opening is your initial paragraph. Make it interesting enough so that an employer will want to read on. Indicate your reason for writing, the specific position or type of work you are applying for, and how you learned about the job.
The body of the letter - This is where you give enough specific information so the employer knows you have sufficient qualifications for the position you are seeking. Mention why you are interested in the position, the company, and its products or services. Include any training, experience and/or education that qualifies you for the position.
Closing - Request an interview. You may want to request dates and times or be flexible enough to meet at the employer's convenience.
Model of a Cover Letter
City, State, Zip Code
Name of Contact Person
City, State, Zip Code
Dear (contact person)
Write a catchy opening sentence to make the reader want to continue reading.Give a general statement regarding your qualifications for the job.Include the title of the job for which you are applying. Tell how you learned about it.
- Refer to the skills required by the position.
- State the skills/strengths you will bring to the job that align with those needed to fill the position.
- Give examples of your skills and work experience and how they will transfer to the position.
Refer to documents enclosed or available, such as your resume/ reference letters.Request an interview.