How to be Successful During the Job Interview

Once all the pre planning and preparation is complete it is now, as they say, game time. It is time to take everything you have done prior to arriving for your interview and put it into play. Again many people know exactly what they would like to accomplish while being interviewed, but many are not sure how exactly to go about doing it correctly. The following will help you be successful on the day in which you are sitting across from a potential employer.

Be on Time

This is argueably the most imortant step on the day of the interview. It is extremley difficult to give a good first impression if you are late for the interview. It is important to not arrive to early or to late for an interview. For the most part, a good rule of thumb is to arrive 10 minuets before your scheduled interview time. This will portray responsibility and also an eagerness to begin work.

Portray a Positive Image

Dressing appropriately is only part of the process in showing that you are the right fit for the company. Steer clear of any signs that might indicate that you’re not serious about getting the job. Try not to check your watch or glance around the room, for example. Make sure any documentation you have brought such as a resume or questions to ask in business binder or briefcase, (you do not want to be fumbling through stacks of paper to find document the interviewer might ask for).


Eliminate distractions (leave your cell phone in the car, for example) so you’ll be able to concentrate fully on the interview. Appear confident  but not arrogant when answer questions, (this is done by practicing common interview questions prior to the interview). Speak clearly and always keep eye contact with the interviewer.

Now its Your Turn

By asking questions during the interview you show that you are actually interested in the job. It can also show that interviewer that you are professional and have planned ahead by preparing questions for them. Asking things about their managerial style, the workplace environment and how different departments work together, will portray you as a professional candidate. You can also use this time to ask questions that show your knowledge about the company to which you are applying. Ask detailed questions about what the company actually does. Express your interest in the company and your eagerness to start the job. Brush up on industry terminology and the history of the company so you’ll be able to contribute to the conversation. Mention any changes you’re willing to make such as relocating to another state or working a graveyard shift for example.

In Conclusion…

Now that its over it is time to end strong. Make sure you leave with contact information in order to do follow ups. Be sure to ask questions about how you will be contacted as well. Lastly end strong. Summarize why you think you are the best fit for the job at the company.

Dustin Nichols is a senior at the University of South Florida. He intends to become a high school biology teacher in the state of Florida.

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