Interviewing Tips

General Tips to Follow When Interviewing
When you’ve made it this far, you want to make sure you land the job after all the hard work it took to actually get to the interview. By following these simple rules and tips you’ll properly prepare yourself and maybe make the whole process a little less scary.

Tip #1: Always plan ahead – Do your homework! Research the company where you will be interviewing and the position you are interviewing for whenever possible. You could even call the company to find out more about the company and their business services or products.

Tip #2: Role Play - Role Play with a friend or relative to see how you would respond to an interviewer’s questions. Write them down if necessary to help remember them, and always try to keep your answers to information a new employer will want to know. A list of common interview questions can be found at the end of the tip list.

Tip #3: Be prepared to give concrete examples of your accomplishments – Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with information targeted to the employer’s needs. Make sure you have your facts ready!

Tip #4: Dress to impress – Dress professionally, be well groomed and smelling good!

Tip #5: Be on time – Map out the route prior or even drive there the day before to make sure you can find the building and time yourself so you will know how much time you will need. Being late is practically an interview train wreck!

Tip #6: Listen well – Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer and try to tailor your answers to the employers needs. Don’t interrupt mid sentence, allow the interviewer the respect he or she deserves and don’t try to finish their sentences for them.

Tip #7: Make good use of eye contact – Show your interviewer you want the job, by paying good attention and making eye contact.

Tip #8: Don’t talk too much or too little – Say what you need to say but don’t go on and on, keep it interesting and lively and don’t bore your future employer! Try to avoid simple “yes” or “no” answers, elaborate when possible.

Tip #9: Focus on what you can do for the company – Don’t focus on yourself, focus on how your skills and capabilities match your prospective employer’s needs.

Tip #10: Don’t exaggerate and be honest – Don’t get tangled in a web of lies – you will eventually be found out!

Tip #11: Don’t criticize previous employers or talk negatively about other jobs you’ve had – Avoid any negative comments about previous employers.

Tip #12: Always send a follow up letter - Always send a follow up letter within 24 hours of the interview.

Tip #13: And finally - Be yourself and smile!

Common Interview Questions which you may be asked:

Tell me about yourself (try to keep this response to less than 2 minutes).
What do you know about our company? (research, research, research)
Why should we hire you?
What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
How does this job position fit into your overall career plan?
Why are you looking for a new career?
How would your colleagues describe you?
What were the three most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
Can you work well under pressure?
Why do you want to work for us?
What other positions are you considering?
Have you kept up in your field with additional training?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses? (Always try to put a positive spin on this answer)
If you took this job, what would you accomplish in the first year?
Do you have your reference list with you? (Remember to bring it along to the interview with a quality print of your résumé).
Can you explain your salary history?
What questions didn’t I ask that you may have expected?
Do you have any questions for me? (Always ask at least a couple of questions – see sample questions below)

Questions to ask the interviewer:
Why is this position open?
How often has this position been filled in the last 5 years? What were the reasons?
What would you like done differently by the next person who takes this position?
What type of support does this position receive in terms of people/finances/training etc?
What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives, deadlines, and methods of measurement?
What advancement opportunities are available and in what time frame?
Are there any significant changes you foresee in the near future?
How is one evaluated in this position?
What accounts for success within the company?

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