Job Interview Checklist
Last updated January 24, 2021
You are called for an interview. How do you prepare? What should you take? What should you wear? What should you say? Stop and take a deep breath. The checklist below is designed to be a quick reference to ensure a successful interview. Though each interview is different, the most important element is you. An interview is your time to shine and show the employer how you can be an asset to the company. Be confident in your accomplishments. Good luck!
Before the interview:
- Research the company. At a minimum, you should've a basic understanding of what the company does, who is in charge, and who their competitors are.
- Prepare two or three questions to ask the interviewer. If you need help thinking of some questions, check out our Top 5 Interview Questions and we'll help you out!
- Look professional. This is probably the most important! If you need help deciding what to wear, check out our tips on what to wear!
- Display a clean and polished appearance. Don't forget to check your breath and, if you must, (we don't recommend it) use minimal perfume or cologne.
- Minimize makeup and jewelry. The less distractions the better!
- Arrive 10 minutes early. Be sure to greet whomever you meet first warmly and friendly! Don't assume everyone knows why you're there. Let them know you have (and are ready for) your interview. And if your interview is via phone or online, check out these tips to ace your interview.
During the interview:
- Be conscious of your eye contact and handshake. Be confident. First impressions matter most!
- Provide a copy of your resume, cover letter, and references. Your potential employer will likely already have copies, however, always bring a few extras (in color) if you can.
- Use appropriate body language. Don't slouch, be firm in your handshake, and nod occasionally to demonstrate active listening.
- Ask questions. When asked 'do you have any questions?' your answer should always be yes! Don't be afraid to write down your questions beforehand and bring them with you.
- Thank the interviewer. Always thank your potential employer for their time and consideration, even if you don't feel confident about the success of your interview.
After the interview:
- Follow up with the interviewer. Follow up within one week of your interview. If you didn't already, ask about next steps in the interview process and what methods of communication the potential employer will use to notify you so you can be on the look out. Also use this time to reaffirm your continued interest in the position.
- Send a thank-you note. A hand-written thank you note is preferred and more impactful. If you don't have time to write one, an email will suffice.