1. Research the position and company
Always research the
position you’ve applied for. Know the job responsibilities, and consider
what skills are needed to fulfill these tasks. Also read up on the company
you’re hoping to work with – it never hurts to talk with an employer about your interest in the
company itself. At the very least, any mention of the company’s history,
mission, values, etc. shows that you did your homework.
2. Plan responses to common interview questions
Preparation is key. We’ve helped you get
started on this by providing common cashier interview questions and response
advice. You don’t necessarily need to write out your responses (and never read
pre-written responses in an interview), but it’s worth having an idea about
what to expect in an interview so that you aren’t caught off guard
3. Write down any questions you have
Come up with a few questions that you have about the company, position, future, etc.
Again, this shows an employer that you’re engaged in the process. You can ask
about something you came upon in your research or ask the employer for feedback
on the company. Something like “What do you like best about working at
__________?” is totally acceptable. Another common question worth asking is
“What are the next steps?” or “What does your hiring timeline look like?” This
helps you understand when you might be hired and be able to start working!
4. Dress professionally
Always dress appropriately for an interview, even
if it’s on Zoom. How you present yourself goes a long way in making a
positive first impression. Check out our post, What
To Wear To Your Job Interview, for more guidance.
5. Be yourself
Most importantly, be yourself! You know who
you are and what you want. Too often, we get in our own heads during an
interview and say the wrong things or fumble with questions. Prepare ahead of
time and stay true to you – you’ll do just fine!