Presenting yourself professionally is the key to landing a position at Plaza Las Americas.Whether you are interested in a part-time after school for extra cash, or a full-time career opportunity, here are some helpful tips to help you land the job.
Practice your answers: Have a friend or relative ask you typical job interview questions like Why do you want this job? What was your last position and its responsibilities?. Think about your answers and practice answering out loud.
Focus on your strengths: Answer questions by describing your previous responsibilities and your problem-solving skills. Provide brief examples of the successes you have achieved in past positions. If you do not have any, or little, prior experience, focus on volunteer or club activities. Present yourself as responsible, mature and able to solve problems.
Do some research: Read up on the company you are applying at, so you can answer intelligently when asked, "What about this position interests you?" Stating facts about the company shows the interviewer that you took the time to do research, and that you are truly interested in the position.
Dress appropriately: First impressions are everything. If you look sloppy, unkempt or too casual you will lose the opportunity before the interview is even finished. See our tips on how to dress to succeed at your interview.
Be prompt: Take some time to travel from home to the interview location beforehand, so you will know how long it will take. Arrive at least 5 minutes early, so you can take a few moments to focus and be mentally ready for the interview. NEVER arrive late; it will sink your chances at landing the job. NEVER cancel at the last minute.
Be prepared: Bring a notepad and pen or pencil with you to the interview, so you can take notes.
Be focused: TURN OFF your phone before the interview starts. Stay focused on the interviewer and listen to what he or she is telling you. Maintain eye contact and smile!
Be courteous: At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for his or her time. Ask what the next steps in the process will be.
Follow up: Send a thank-you note or thank-you email to the interviewer the next day. In the note or email, repeat the thank you and repeat your interest in the position.