Interview Tips

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Your Best Interview

Prepare yourself and review Publix facts to make a great impression.

There are several things you can do to prepare for an interview, such as bringing a résumé and arriving a few minutes early. But, if you want to nail your interview, then study these tips on how to make a good impression.

Prepare for the interview.

  • Find out as much as you can about Publix, the location where you want to work, and the duties of jobs you've applied for by researching our website and talking with people who work at Publix.
  • Read your résumé closely to think about your strengths and accomplishments.
  • Write a short opening statement on how you can help Publix deliver premier customer service. Practice it until you feel comfortable saying it without having to read it.
  • Prepare work samples to share with the hiring manager, if appropriate. Depending on the position you're applying for, these may be photos of cakes you've decorated, menus of foods you've prepared, documents you've written, illustrations you've drawn, or descriptions of awards you've received.
  • Prepare answers to questions often asked at interviews. Here are links to web articles to help you:
    Sample Interview Questions & Answers - About.com
    100 Potential Interview Questions - Monster
    Typical Interview Questions - Virginia Tech
  • Write questions you want to ask the hiring manager at the interview—about the company, position, work environment, work schedule, or benefits. If you're interviewing for an hourly position, feel free to ask about the pay rate. If you're interviewing for a salaried position, wait until later to discuss the pay rate.

Make a good impression.

  • Dress for success. Wear clothes appropriate to the position. Avoid excessive jewelry, and cologne or perfume.
  • Take your résumé and work samples to the interview.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early. Being late may automatically disqualify you from further consideration.
  • Turn off your cell phone as soon as you arrive.
  • Make good eye contact with each person you meet, especially the hiring manager.
  • Thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview.
  • Share your opening statement at the appropriate time.
  • Express enthusiasm and stay positive. Never criticize other individuals or other companies.
  • Be aware of your tone of voice and your posture. They give clues about how you feel about yourself and about the hiring manager.
  • Listen carefully to make sure you hear the hiring manager's questions correctly.
  • Speak clearly and concisely. Don't rush your answers.
  • Don't assume you are the best candidate since you don't know who the others are. Just be yourself and give it your best effort.
  • When the hiring manager has finished asking his or her questions, ask if there is time for you to address the questions you have. If there is time, then proceed.
  • End by thanking the hiring manager for taking time to meet, and then ask when a decision will be made and how you will be notified.
  • Follow up the interview with a written thank you note. Restate your interest in the position and why you believe you are a strong candidate who will add value to the company.

Evaluate the opportunity.

After the interview, think about what the hiring manager said and what answers he or she gave to your questions to evaluate if the position is the right fit for you. If you receive a job offer, it will be contingent on whether you can successfully complete a Criminal Background Check and a Drug Screen, and whether you meet other hire eligibility criteria. The store will provide more information about getting started.