Job interview preparation increases success

By Fernanda Sanchez
Pulse Staff Reporter


After obtaining a job interview, so many emotions are going through your head because you want to be noticed more than the other applicants.

When you’re looking for a job, you have to research the company before you apply, have good communication skills and know how to dress professionally. Any time you meet someone new or have an important event, this is your chance to make a great first impression.


  • Success always starts with knowledge. It is important that you know about the company you want to work with.
    • “The more you know about the company, the more likely you will get hired because you will be more confident and ready for any question they ask you, and you will know if you’re right for the job if you research before applying. Also, you will know what opportunities they have for you and what will benefit you in the future,” said Daniella Rodriguez, a sophomore Biology major.


  • Remember that the outfit you choose to wear for a job interview reflects your desire to work.
    • Phillip Oberst, a South Side resident said, “My dad always said, ‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ Dressing for an interview is important because you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If you dress like you care the employer will remember you took the time to shave, brush your teeth, comb your hair and tighten your tie.”
  • Tattoos and piercings
    • If you have visible tattoos, cover them up with makeup, jewelry or clothes. Try to make piercings not as visible or take them out to maintain a professional appearance.


  • Arrive early, approximately 10-15 minutes before the time of the interview or earlier.
    • If they have literature about the company while you wait, read it.
  • Bring another copy of your resume just in case they cannot find the original.
    • It is always good to have a backup of every document you may need.
  • Remember the name of the interviewer.
    • Write a thank you note afterward. It will set you apart from the others.


  • Have proper behavior and language.
    • Try your best to look confident. Stand up when the interviewer walks in, shake their hand, and give a warm smile. Speak in a clear and audible voice throughout the interview.
  • Maintain good eye contact and good posture while being interviewed.
    • Do not slouch or cross your arms. Do not chew gum.
  • Take a few seconds to think about the questions the employer asks you
  • “If the interviewer asks you ‘When can you start?’ Ask them when do they need you,” said Christian Ruiz, a sophomore Journalism major.

With these helpful tips, you can guarantee yourself a new position at a great company. Remember you must prepare thoroughly for the interview and approach it in the right manner. To increase the chances of getting the position you want, you may refer back these helpful tips. Your resume got you the interview, now it’s your turn to land your dream job!