Interviewing Tips

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Interview Do’s and Dont’s:

Tips:

  • Learn about the organization.
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind.
  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early.  Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • Fill application out neatly and completely.  Don’t rely on your application or resume to sell you.  The interviewer will want you to speak for yourself.
  • Greet the interviewer by last name.   If unsure of the pronunciation, ask the employer to repeat it.
  • Be energetic, smile, and shake hands firmly.  Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting.  Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times.  Be a good listener as well as a good communicator.
  • Look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking, but don’t stare.
  • Follow the interviewer’s leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can apply your background, skills and accomplishments to the position.
  • Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.  Stress achievements.  For example: sales records, process developed, savings achieved, systems installed, etc.  Be prepared to answer broad questions about yourself.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing.  Never close the door on opportunity.
  • Show enthusiasm.
  • Don’t forget to bring a copy of your resume!  Keep several copies in your briefcase if you are afraid you will forget.
  • Don’t smoke, even if the interviewer smokes or offers you a cigarette.  Do not chew gum.
  • Don’t answer with a simple “yes or no”.  Explain whenever possible.
  • Don’t lie.  Answer questions truthfully and frankly.
  • Don’t speak badly about your present or former employers when explaining your reasons for leaving the job.
  • Don’t “over answer” questions.  Steer away from sensitive topics, such as politics or controversial issues.
  • Don’t ask about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc., on the initial interview.   If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you’ve earned but that you’re more interested in opportunity than in a specific salary.
  • Employers usually ask for three references.  Get permission before using anyone as a reference.  Avoid using relatives as references.
  • Thank the interviewer when you leave and follow-up in writing.