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Winning Steps to Your Next In-Person Interview

Typically, in-person (also known as face to face or onsite) interviews mean you made it to the final stage! But you still need to impress the interviewer to land your dream job. Follow the steps below
to win over your interviewer:

 Before the interview:

  • Confirm time and location. Make sure you map out the location beforehand to see how long the
    drive will be.
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. If you are even a minute late to the interview YOU ARE LATE!
    • Make sure to bring an ID, some companies require an ID at check in
    • Review key skills, job description and company prior to the interview
    • Make sure to have at least 3-4 questions prepared
    • Always dress to impress!  Professional business attire is always recommended (unless otherwise recommended from your recruiter)
    • No gum chewing during or smoking prior to interview. Make sure you are showered, groomed and wear deodorant!

During the interview:

  • Give a good, firm handshake and maintain eye contact upon meeting each new person, be aware of your body language
  • Bring 2-3 copies of your resume
    • Ask for the managers to explain the position and what they are looking for in more detail
    • Keep it conversational and speak clearly
    • Make sure to smile, keep eye contact, show that you are listening
  • Never answer another call or ask the interviewer to “hold on” during an interview unless absolutely
    • It is recommended to not discuss money, benefits, or time-off during the interview – This can be an
      interview killer
    • At the end of the interview ask “is there anything in my background which would prevent me from
      being successful in this role” – this lets you know exactly where you stand and gives you a chance to overcome any objection 
    • “Pre-close” the job. Tell them that you enjoyed the opportunity to speak and discuss the role and
      that you are confident you would be a good asset to the organization and are
      looking forward to the next steps

After the interview:

  • Send a thank you note or email to everyone who interviewed you
    • If you are working with a recruiter call the recruiter immediately to discuss how the interview went.

Are you currently seeking new job opportunities?

Follow the above steps and send your resume to for a recruiter to engage.