Preparing for your interview
If youre properly prepared you will be more
confident even if you lack interviewing experience.
Proper preparation begins with understanding your
some time evaluating your education, experience
and results (For your use only.)
have you done and how well have you done it
Research the company youre interviewing (Never
interview a company you know nothing about)
the World Wide Web, most companies have web pages
resource material like Dun and Bradstreet, Standard
and Poors, State and local directories
information such as products/services, markets,
sales volume, growth, locations
Attire and Appearance
employers reject improperly attired candidates
conservative and businesslike
Remember to be prepared, arrive early,
Always greet everyone you meet by their
surname. If you are not sure or need help with the
pronunciation , ask.
Shake hands firmly
Wait until you're offered a chair to sit. Sit upright,
look alert and interested. Listen, listen, listen.
Asking and Answering questions
the interviewers leads, but try to get the
interviewer to describe the position and duties
early so you can relate your answers and background
to the position.
not to answer questions with a simple "yes"
or "no". Explain whenever possible.
Try to make your answers relate to the position.
prepared for the typical interview questions like:
Tell me about yourself? What are you looking for
in a position and company? What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses? What do you know about
our company? Why did you choose your career field?
What are your qualifications? Remember to try
and answer questions so it relates to the position
you are interviewing.
even tough questions truthfully, and frankly and
as "to the point as possible".
make derogatory remarks about your present or
ask about SALARY, VACATIONS, BONUSES, BENEFITS,
etc., on the first interview. If pressed tell
the interviewer that you are more interested in
opportunity than specific salary.
be afraid to ask for the position.
Always conduct yourself as if you are determined
to get an offer. Never close the door. It is better
to choose from a number of jobs - rather than only
Be sure and get the interviewer(s) name and address,
ask for a business card. Always write him/her a
follow-up letter expressing interest in the position
A lot of companies today use telephone interviews
as a first interview. Always prepare for a phone
interview as thoroughly as you do a face-to-face
In concluding your interview always get a "what
will happen next summary"
an offer is made and you want the job accept it
on the spot.
show interest in all job offers
to write a brief follow-up thank you letter to
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