Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Burbank has seen its fair share of hard times and California was one of the states hardest hit by the collapse of the housing market. Job’s aren’t impossible to come by but it’s still tough and in some areas there just aren’t enough jobs to go around. If you’re getting ready to get back on the market and hunt for a job there are several do’s and don’ts when getting ready for, and during, your next job interview.

First of all you need reliable transportation to get there. If you have a car then you’re in luck. If you don’t then you should consider asking a friend so you’re not waiting around for buses that don’t always run on time and take you much longer to get to your destination. If you do have to take the bus or some other form of public transportation then look up local schedules.

Another good bit of advice is to not show up dressed down. It’s always good to dress business professional so if you don’t have a suit or other business attire then you should dip into your savings or checking account and purchase yourself an outfit. You can also ask a friend or family member or, since you likely don’t have a job at this point, get an automobile title loan for a short-term influx of quick cash. You don’t have a crystal ball nor do you know if you’ll get the job but it’ll improve your chances greatly that if you were to come dressed in jeans and a button down. Then you’re really unlikely to get the job.

Make sure to do your research. When many people are in an interview one of the most common mistakes is to say, “I’m really interested in working for your company - I’ve heard really good things” (or something similar). But most don’t prepare for the next question which is, “Oh really. What have you heard?”

It’s essential to do your research and find as much info about the company as possible. Look up the type of job you’re interviewing for so you’ll know the basic principles of what the job entails which will allow you to then formulate talking points so you’re prepared.

Lastly, not every job interview is the same. Obviously the approach will be different if you’re applying for a server position or a job with an accounting firm but each has its own set of issues. It’s always important to put your best face forward and prepare and practice for an interview. Once you’ve done your research on the type of job you’re applying for, take that info and come up with some basic questions that might be asked. Then practice those questions and prepare. Don’t memorize. It’ll seem far too obvious. Just prepare yourself and by all means…don’t wing it.