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1) RESEARCH THE EMPLOYER–The first part of any interview process is research. The idea is to learn as much as possible about the organization, its philosophies, goals and future plans. You are showing them that you took the time to research their company and showing them you went that extra mile.
2) REREAD/REDO YOUR RESUME–Make sure you are familiar with the contents. It will be the employers basis of asking questions. Know our strong points. Be able to tell them (indirectly) why they need to hire you.
3) DRESS FOR SUCCESS — Always look the part of the position you want. Be meticulously groomed and bring properly organized work with you (letters of recommendations, resume copies, performance evaluations and list of questions.
4) BE ON TIME– There is NO excuse to being late. There was too much traffic, a car accident, family emergency– will not cut it. find out where this interview in and make a trial run. Know where the parking is. Keep of a note of the person you will be meeting with. Review questions you plan to ask. Bring your notebook, black pen, tissues, business card, personal data, letters of recommendation, money for gas, telephone and parking, social security card and drivers license identification.
5) BE POLITE, SHAKE HANDS AND BE POSITIVE–Always stand up to shake hands, use eye-contact and smile. This sets the tone.
6) SCHEDULE STRATEGICALLY– Try not to be the first person being interviewed. Research shows that the first person interviewed only gets the job 17% of the time, while the last person interviewed gets the job 55% of the time. Late Afternoon is best.
DURING THE INTERVIEW – WHAT AND HOW
1) USE RELAXED CONCENTRATION
Enter into a state of relaxed conversation. Be able to clear your head and concentrate on the present moment of this interview. You will want to act spontaneous but yet be prepared. Rely on the research you have done before this interview to put you at ease. Listen carefully. It’ is okay to ask politely for clarification if needed. Always pause before answering to consider all facts that may be helpful in your response. Be positive and communicate that attitude. You are willing to work. Let your employer know this. You expect to make a contribution. You are flexible. Let the employer know this. You are committed to continuous learning. Let the employer know this.
2) KNOW THE QUESTION “BEHIND THE QUESTION.”
Every question is trying to ask, “Why should we hire you?” Be sure you know the answer! Perhaps there will be a question about meeting deadlines or time management, consider whether the interviewer is attempting to find out about your personal life. It is important for employers to know whether your family live will interfere with your employment.
3) WATCH FOR NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
Look at the facial expressions, body movements and other clues during the interview process. In a certain way, you are interviewing as well. This takes concentration and focus. Is the employer tapping his pen; is the employer leaning forward. Watch for positive cues. Walk in and sit confidently. Show interest by leaning a bit forward. Keep eye contact. Speak clearly.
4) FINISH STRONG
Show interest by asking when the position will be filled? Give your qualifications. Whatever you may have “left out” during the interview process, this is the time to “sell yourself” if you are interested in this job, ask the interviewer what the next step would be in the interviewing process. Does he know when the hiring decision will be made and find out when the interviewer feels you should follow up?
Think back and evaluate the interview. Keep a logbook with the dates/times/contact of your interviews. Write Thank You Notes within 24 hours and send one to every person you interviewed with –thanking them for their valuable time. You can add some “personal touch” by saying something you discussed with them. For example, if you happened to talk about an issue, you can say, “I’ve been thinking about what you said about __________and that really is right on. You will stand out above all other prospects!
JOB QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE READY FOR
Tell me about yourself. Why do you feel you could handle this job? What do you hope to gain from this job opportunity? Are you doing any reading lately? What books? (The interviewer wants to find out about your interests). Do you have specific financial goals? Why did you choose this field? Do you see this as a lifetime job? Are you considering other positions? What do you think is your leadership style? Would you be willing to travel/relocate? Do you feel you work well under pressure? How about deadlines? Are you on time when you are supposed to be somewhere? Have you consider your short term and long term goals? Do you have goal dates for these? How do you measure success? Does success in a particular area have special meaning for you? What is your main motivation for this job?
QUESTIONS FOR THE EMPLOYER
What is the size of your company? What is the sales volume? What are the companies earning? Does the company plan to expand? What are some trends in your industry? What is your organization’s ranking within your field? What types of responsibilities will I be given? For example, what type of project can you see me doing? Is there travel involved at this point, or at some later point? What are your goals for me to accomplish in this job position? Is there some reason this position was not filled from within? What would you describe the “public image” to be with this company? What are the main qualifications you are looking for in the person you eventually hire? What are some of the challenges of this department/company?
What salary range does this job fall into?
ALL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ARE REALLY THE SAME QUESTIONS!
Why are YOU the best person for the job?
7) SET GOALS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW–It is your responsibility to leave the interview feeling secure that the interviewer knows as much as he/she needs to know about your skills, abilities, experience, and achievements. If you sense that there are misconceptions, clear them up. If the interviewer does not ask you important questions, diplomatically bring them up and answer them! Do not leave the meeting without getting your own questions answered so that you have a clear idea of what you would be getting yourself into.