Now, when I send in a resume and application, I wait about 3 days and then call the company and ask for an interview. If no one is hiring I make sure I check back once a month. This way when they do need someone, they'll say...'how about that guy that keeps calling us. He must really want to work here.'
What to wear......in Mayflower Madam, she tells the girls to show up for her first interview in something you would wear, if your grandfather was taking you to lunch at 21.
In other words dress to impress here. No mini skirts, catsuits or torn up jeans. I'm not saying wear a dress or if your a man, a 3 piece suit, but at least a pair of slacks and a nice top. Shoes and not sneakers if possible.
In passing, the guy who showed up for a waiter interview in a tree piece suit, got the job hands down.
So, you go in to the office for your interview. Develop a firm handshake and don't be afraid to look the interviewer in the eyes. Seat yourself so that you don't look nervous, even if you are. Posture is everything here. And keep eye contact. No looking down, or around the room. If they haven't even looked at your application and do so in front of you, just sit quietly and wait.
Most likely the interviewer will ask questions like, what did you hate about your last job
. Please try not to say the money, or I worked with idiots. You'd be surprised how many people say this. Have some prepared answers just in case. Some will say what was the best thing. In retail, many say, 'I enjoy helping people.' Also to a good idea. If this really is the case, find another way to say it.
Now my husband was always asked, what is your forte(he's a chef)and he would always say, I can make anything, which he could, but that isn't what they wanted. After years, I finally got him to say, his forte was soups.
Near the end of the interview, you'll be asked if you have any questions. If the interviewer was good(which sadly isn't the case, mostly)there shouldn't be any questions. Think of a few before you get into the interview just in case, short of pay, which at some point needs to be discussed.
One question could be, do you promote from Within? Or what benefits can I expect, which can lead you naturally to the wage. Don't be afraid to negotiate a bit here. Especially if you have experience. I always asked about the company and how it started, how long it had been there. It continually surprised me that most interviewers never knew this. I also asked for a quick tour of where I would be working. In my opinion a good interviewer would do this.
Okay, you've thanked him and left. It's likely they will say, we'll call you in a few days, or next week and let you know. If they don't call back, when they said they would, don't be afraid to call them back. It's not being pushy, it shows you're interested. And people get busy, the time just whips by sometimes.