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Job Interview Checklist

Aug 17, 2007
Having prepared your best for your dream job interview, it would feel pretty bad to miss out something trivial which has the potential to "make or break" your candidacy. There are many things that can cause a serious negative impact in the eyes of your potential employer. Because you should not leave your job search to chance, it is best to have a checklist of things to do and carry to the interview and follow it.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your best foot is put forward. Your preperation will not only shine through on the day of your intereview, but it will show your professionalism to your possible future employer.

General Checklist

1. Do you have a neat haircut and did you shave?
2. Do you have your suit pressed and cleaned?
3. Are your shoes shined?

Checklist of Things to Carry

1. Always have extra copies of your resume
2. Have photocopies of your credentials, including your school certificates and any other certificates of professional training you may have
3. Keep a neat notepad and a good pen
4. A copy of your application with cover letter
5. Your references neatly typed on resume paper
6. Instructions on how to reach the interview location including whom to meet and at what time
7. A list of expected questions and a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer

After you are finished with the above list, you are almost done with your preparation. You should then check the following:

1. Check the directions if you are traveling by car. Also get the car and the spare tire serviced beforehand.
2. If you are traveling by airplane, keep the tickets handy and check the times again
3. Read your resume and cover letter again on your way to the recruiter's office or at the office. Don't forget to read the job advertisement again also.
4. Quietly try to recollect your subject knowledge
5. Losing your confidence in the interviewer's office will immediately remove you from the list of potential candidates. Try to remember how well you have prepared for the interview.
6. Recollect whatever information you have gathered about the organization.

When you get to the interview location, be patient and tell the receptionist or assistant that you have come for the interview. Wait in the lounge if you are asked to. You can strike up small talk with fellow interviewees if there are any. Better still, you can browse through journals or magazines available. These are all parts of showing the interviewer your personality and how it is suited for the job.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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