Interview Do's and Don'ts!
Before, During, and After...
Need to brush up on your interviewing skills?
Here is a list of some Do's and Don'ts for before, during, and after the interview. Just apply these simple suggestions and your chances for success will increase.
This is a very important step to do before mailing, faxing, or emailing your resume. Companies list specific qualifications in their advertisements, so that the potential candidate can gage if they are a fit. Don't waste the companies', or your valuable time if your skills are not close to the ad specifications.
Based on the information you gathered about the company and the interviewer; make a list of possible questions they may ask you. Also, think of questions that you may want to ask about the company. If you cannot think of any questions, ask a friend or family member to brainstorm with you.
By practicing your answers aloud, you will become self-confident, comfortable, and be ready for the interviewer's questions. PREPARATION is the key! Having questions prepared to ask about the company shows your interest and iniative in wanting to know more about them.
Did you know that you make an impression within the first ten seconds of meeting someone? A person makes evaluations based on your "appearance". They decide if you are well groomed, intelligent, detailed, flexible/inflexible, sincere, honest, even-tempered, creative, friendly, easy or difficult to communicate with, and so forth. They decide if you are someone that they want to have as a potential employee. It is only during the interview that he or she may change their initial evaluations of you.
If you have not prepared a resume recently, go to the library or online to see the latest formats. You may also contact a professional resume writer if you feel you are unable to put your best skills and qualifications on paper. Do not forget to have a copy on disk, as you will be emailing the resume as well mailing it.
Part of making a good impression is arriving early. This is not only applicable for interviews but for everything you do in life. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. This allows you adequate time to find where you are going, to relax a bit, focus, and possibly pick up cues about the company style from the surroundings. If posted, read the company mission and vision statements. Notice what impression the company makes.
Let your presence be known when you enter a room. Stand erect with shoulders back but not stiff. It is always best when you look and feel relaxed. Remain standing until they ask you to sit.
Make sure you are always listening and answering questions honestly, but briefly. There is a limited amount of time for your interview so let the interviewer lead the conversation.
Interviewers will select you based on the perception that you meet most of the expectations required of the position, that you are someone pleasant to work with, and that you will do a good job. They will not select you if they sense you think you are superior to the position, unwilling to learn, genuinely interested, or are inflexible. No matter how knowledgeable you are or how much experience you have, there will always be a certain amount of learning that must take place. You can express to the interviewer that you have the skills, ability and willingness to take on challenges and to learn quickly.
Eagerness to do a job always leaves a good impression. One way to show your interest is to ask when you can expect them to contact you about their hiring decision. Ask if there is additional information (references, transcripts, work samples) which they may need to make a decision.
No one wants to hear someone pour out all of their personal problems, especially upon meeting for the first time. People are hired based on ability, not because someone feels sorry for them. Even if you really need the position remain professional at all times.
This is unprofessional and may cause them to wonder what you will say about them if they selected you for the position and then left the company.
You want to always show that you are capable of handling stressful situations. You do not want the interviewer to think you need someone to "hold your hand". Never take children on an interview. Be prepared to start working by having a reliable childcare provider available.
USE ALL OF YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS
TO SECURE THE BEST POSITION FOR YOU!
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