Congratulations – you’ve been invited in for an interview with a great employer. This assignment really has potential, and you want to nail the interview. Now what? Review this list of tips to make sure you have all your bases covered:
- Revisit your resume. Make sure you know dates of employment, responsibilities, professional accomplishments, etc. for each position.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions, enlisting a friend’s help if necessary. Common questions include:
– How would you describe yourself?
– What is your greatest strength/weakness?
– How do you define success?
– Why do you want to work as a temporary employee here?
- Conduct a self-assessment. Make sure you can clearly communicate your current skills, strengths, weaknesses, motivations, interests and work values.
- Go online or visit the local library to learn all you can about the company’s mission statement, financials, organizational structure, products and services – so you can speak intelligently about them during the interview.
- Bring along extra digital and paper copies of your resume.
- Select an appropriate outfit, bearing in mind both the assignment and corporate culture – then dress one notch above what would be expected. When in doubt, go with a business suit.
- Call a day or two ahead of time to confirm directions, parking, interview time and interviewers’ names.
- Do a practice run to make sure you know the route. See how long it takes to drive there, factoring in rush hour traffic if applicable.
- Prepare a list of professional and personal references.
- Bring along breath mints, a small note pad and a pen – just in case.
- A day or two after the interview, drop off hand-written thank you notes to each person who interviewed you, thanking them for their time and emphasizing your specific qualifications for the assignment.
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