is especially important that you practice being interviewed
beforehand. This will help you frame your answers and rehearse
your responses to difficult questions as well as ensuring you
incorporate all the significant points you wish to make. Ask
a friend or your spouse to help you. Videotape your practice
interview if possible and afterwards critique it with your partner
to improve your interviewing skills.
Take note-taking materials to
the interview and don't be afraid to jot things down during
the session, though don't become so immersed in your note-taking
that you ignore the interviewer!
Arrive for the interview
at least 10 minutes early and be appropriately dressed, neat
and clean. If possible, try to schedule the interview on a non
"casual" day so you can see how employees regularly dress, as
well as being less self-conscious.
Follow these basic guidelines during any interview:
- Don't be late! And if you
are unavoidably detained, CALL to let the interviewer
know and re-schedule as necessary.
- Check your appearance before
greeting the interviewer.
- Greet with and formally use
the interviewer's last name until they allow first names.
- Introduce yourself in a
confident manner and express your interest in being there.
- Shake hands firmly, but no
- Remain standing until offered
- Sit erect, not rigid, with
your arms in your lap.
- Avoid excessive note writing
during the interview.
- Use your voice and gestures
to communicate enthusiasm.
- Avoid being sidetracked from
the topic at hand.
- Avoid answering questions
in a negative manner and maintain a pleasant demeanor.
- Avoid talking ill of anyone,
especially a past employer - always be positive!
- When finished, shake hands
again and thank them for their time and consideration. This
is a good moment to ask when you might expect to be hearing
from them again, or if they would prefer you to get back to
Questions Often Asked By
Prepare answers to the following questions (and any others
you can think of) and practice answering them in a natural fashion,
always pointing out the positive:
- How would you describe yourself?
- How would a friend describe
- What are your greatest strengths
- What have you learned from
- What major problems have
- How did you deal with them?
- What motivates you?
- What do you see yourself
doing five years from now?
- What are your goals for the
next ten years?
- What are your long range
- How do you plan to achieve
your career objectives?
- What rewards do you expect
to achieve in your career?
- What are your life goals?
- Which is most important to
you? Money, type of work, or time off?
- What qualifications do you
have to fill this position?
- How do you determine success?
- What do you think it takes
to be successful in our company?
- Why did you seek a position
with this company?
- What do you know about my
- How can you immediately contribute
to my company?
- Why should I hire you?
- What qualities should a manager
- What accomplishments have
given you the greatest satisfaction?
- What led you to select your
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Questions Asked Of Interviewers:
Fill lulls in the conversation and impress interviewers
with well thought-out questions. After your research, decide
on specific questions, and show that you are interested in the
industry and company and that you have done some homework on
them. Here are a few examples:
- What is the employer's management
- What is the company's culture?
- What is the nature/extent
of their training program?
- What is the level of supervision
you will initially be given?
- What will be expected of
me as a new employee?
- Are there any aspects of
the job that are especially significant?
- How does the company's performance
review and evaluation program work?
- Will I be required to relocate?
If the interviewer is interested in you, you will receive
an invitation to visit the employer for a follow-up interview.
Promptly acknowledge the offer of the follow-up interview in
writing, noting any scheduling difficulties. You will meet more
employees during the follow-up, but the interviews should be
similar to the initial screening interview. But be prepared!
Do even more in-depth research on the company. Plan to spend
an entire day at the employer's location. It's a stressful situation
in respect to being "under the microscope", so eat and sleep
well the night before.
80% of those asked to
a follow-up interview receive job offers. You may even receive
an offer before leaving, so be prepared to decide on the spot
or ask for some additional time. Or, it's possible the offer
may come a few days later. After the interview, review your
notes in case you have any follow-up questions for the employer.
Immediately write post-interview "thank you" letters to all
the people that you interviewed with.