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Interview Preparedness

Posted by | April 14, 2014 | Resources

It’s no secret that job interviews can be very stressful for people. But with a little preparation and knowledge on what to expect, interviews can become much easier… so much that you may even look forward to them…

Prepare a brief information statement. Interviewers usually begin an interview with the question, “Tell me about yourself and your background?” Be ready with a statement that includes some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your experience, strengths and skills. Practice saying this statement with a friend until it feels natural.

Be ready to talk about your successes. The interviewer will want to know about your past experience – successes, your work ethic, and your track record. Be able to discuss everything you have included on your resume.

Be courteous. Everyone you meet during your interview – from the receptionist to the interviewer – should be treated with respect. The receptionist might not be conducting the interview, but his or her opinion of you might be solicited.

Ask questions. At the end of an interview, the interviewer usually asks, “Do you have any questions?” Be prepared with a question or two about the job or industry. This is your chance to see if the job is right for you.

When you’re on an interview, it is important to give a good impression to increase your chances of getting the job. Here are some important things to remember…

Do

  • Clear your calendar. The interview might run over or you could be asked to stay longer. Keep your schedule free of any other commitments.
  • Plan for unexpected delays such as traffic and arrive early.
  • Dress for success – a professional appearance can make a lasting impression.
  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Discuss your strengths and how they apply to the position.
  • Look directly into the eyes of your interviewer to demonstrate your interest.
  • Ask questions to show your enthusiasm and knowledge about the company.
  • Turn your cell phone or pager off or on silent.

Don’t

  • Schedule an appointment right after the interview.
  • Show up late. Tardiness on an interview is a red flag for employers.
  • Wear jeans or sandals.
  • Chew gum or drink coffee.
  • Disclose personal information.
  • Stare at the floor or elsewhere.
  • Talk too much or too little.
  • Answer your cell phone if it rings.