How to Prepare for a Face-to-Face Job Interview

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The information below is not intended to be rigid regarding how to prepare for a face-to-face interview.  Rather, it is a set of discussions and observations based upon executive search activities conducted by Mid America Search over the past 45 plus years.  Face-to-face interviews obviously can be approached in several ways.

The sections below are meant to have the reader think about the process at hand.  In addition, the sections are intended to set the seriousness of the process and assist in preparedness.  Quite important in the process; by all means carefully listen to the interviewer and then respond to the actual question(s) asked.

A phone interview may have preceded this face-to-face interview.  Thus, some of the information below will have been discussed in How to Prepare for a Job Phone Interview.  Often however, face-to-face interviews are done without a phone interview.

A face-to-face interview is not a social get together; rather, a critical business meeting.  This document is what to expect in a job interview and job interview preparation.  It is essential to have a strong or commanding presence during the interview; yet also conduct one’s self in a manner that demonstrates complete confidence, calmness and a projection of being fully prepared.  Do not present yourself as though desperate during the interview; however, avoid projecting aloofness or disinterest.  Avoid bad grammar, slang, as well as the use of profanity.

Adhere to the interview schedule and arrive five to ten minutes early.  Reliably know the interview location whether you’ve flown in and have a cab or driver, or you are driving to the interview.  If you’re to meet a driver at an airport, make sure those details are covered ahead of time.  If driving, be aware of any road construction on the route or in the area.  Know where parking is available.  Have parking meter money if needed.  Contact us and/or the interviewer immediately should emergencies make it such that the interview must be rescheduled.

Because there may be ongoing phone communication, adjust your voicemail greeting assuring it is framed in a professional and mature manner.  Leave your greeting in that fashion during the entire interview/offer process.

The items below, along with the use of good common sense, are intended to be a guide for preparation.  Consider these job interview tips or how to do good in a job interview or how to succeed in a job interview.  The items are:

For the next three areas, if no phone interview occurred, please see How to Prepare for a Job Phone Interview.

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