Interviews are the time that employers use to "test drive" possible employees. They take this time to compare one employee with another and decide who is the best fit for the job and for the company.
The key to being successful in an interview is to prepare and to be the best that you can be. Employers will judge you in several different areas:
- Appearance - The ideal employee looks professional; like they care about the way they present themselves and would represent and portray the company.
- Ability - The ideal employee seems to be competent and to have enough training, experience and/or talent to be effective in the job.
- Attitude - The ideal employee will have an "I can and I will" attitude. A positive attitude is more important to most employers than training and experience.
- Answers - The ideal employee is able to answer any question that is asked with confidence, and clarity.
Don't take your cell phone into your job interview - leave it in the car or at home!