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
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
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:
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
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
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
What type of support does this position receive in terms of people/finances/training
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
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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