By Chuck Polin
Getting the opportunity to go on a job interview is good news, but in order to maximize your chances of securing the job you must be prepared when you go. Begin by researching the company. Look them up online; go through Facebook and LinkedIn to see if you can find any connections. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you, look him or her up as well.
Before you go to the interview, print out several copies of your resume and make sure there are no typos or grammar mistakes. It is always a good idea to have a few people proof your resume before you present it to anyone on an interview, or send it in response to a job posting. Along with your resume, make sure you bring a listing of your references, so you can present it when requested. Begin thinking about what kind of compensation plan would be acceptable to you. Of course, always dress appropriately as first impressions are extremely important.
Come to the interview energized. If you don't show active interest in the position/company, they won't show active interest in you. During the interview, be an active participant. Prepare a list of questions that you want answered and prepare answers to the questions that you are fairly sure will be asked of you.
At the end of the interview, close for the next step. Ask if they are still considering you for the position. Ask them what the next steps are and what you need to do to show them you are interested. Follow up by sending a handwritten note thanking each person who interviewed you. Let them know that you are excited to take the next step. Being prepared, energized and an active participant in the interview process will give you the edge you need to increase your chances of securing the position.
Chuck Polin is the CEO of The Training Resource Group and the newest member of our chapter's Business Advisory Council (BAC). The Training Resource Group provides professional coaching and training to companies and individuals that are looking to increase sales and grow their business. Chuck can be reached at 215-320-4650.