Preparing for the interview
Don’t go to an interview unprepared. Check files and library for information on your subject or topic.
Have your questions ready. Don’t expect your news source to tell you voluntarily what you want to know. Your questions help organize your thoughts and remind you to get the answers you want.
Make an appointment. You can’t go into a busy office and get 30 minutes unless you first set up an appointment. Then make sure you arrive on time.
What to Wear
Hair – Neatness counts
Jewellery – A tasteful earrings, a necklace and a watch is fine for women
For Men – Watch is preferred. A tie is a must. Make sure collar and tie are straight, shirt tucked in
Fragrance – Less the better or none at all. Your interviewer could be allergic
Avoid sloppy look, iron your clothes and turn your mobile off or in a silent mode.When you sit down, be sure your jacket is pulled straight and that you are sitting straight in the chair.
Do not lean to one side or the other or slouch as if folded in the middle.
- Never speak “off the record.”
- Stick to the facts.
- Do not speculate or guess.
- Do not offer personal opinions.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s okay to say “I don’t know”
- Tell the truth.
- Be a helpful resource.
- You don’t have to talk about things you don’t want to (or can’t) talk about.
- Have your own message. Each interview presents an opportunity to say something positive. Bridge to your messages at every opportunity.
What to bring for the interview:
– Professional looking portfolio/briefcase
– Several copies of your resume
– Copy of job posting
– Information that maybe required incase you are asked to complete a job application.
– Breath Freshner