From the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have lost their jobs and are now looking to get back into the workforce. The interview process can be especially stressful if it’s been a while since you were attempting to seek employment. The job interview is a very important part in the process of finding a job. Here the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce presents 5 tips for success!

1) Be punctual for your interview.
It is mandatory to be on time. Not just on time: come early. It will show your future boss how punctual and organized you are. If you’re not 10 minutes early, you’re 10 minutes late!

2) Do your research on the company.
Know the company like the back of your hand. Visit their website and collect information about their history and values. Really know why you’re applying for this position. Tip: Work on the job offer to be ready to answer questions about the job. For example: What are the tasks related to the job?

3) Don’t forget about non-verbal
This plays a major role in a job interview. Are you looking at your feet? Do you have your arms crossed? Do you lean on the back of your chair? All these signs will show inward-looking attitudes to the interviewer and they won’t feel free to get to know you better. Make sure to keep this in mind. Also, employers will be looking at your appearance and how you present yourself. Dress professionally and be well-groomed. Maintain eye contact. Tip: Don’t forget to give a nice and firm handshake to the employer before and after the interview.

4) Be polite with everyone.
Yes, with everyone! Give your best smile and be friendly with every employee you will meet. The employer might ask employees what they thought about you after your interview.

5) Be prepared for your interview.
If you want to show how serious and motivated you are about the job, always bring your resume, cover letter and references. The employer will be impressed by your organizational skills! Always follow-up with an e-mail thanking the interviewer for their time. The key is to keep a line of communication open. GOOD LUCK!!!

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