Interview Tips


Successful interviewing is essential in order for you to secure your dream job.
Here are some useful do’s and don’ts to help you prepare.



DO

Research the company and show off the research you have done on the company and industry when responding to questions.

Be fully aware of the job you are interviewing for and have your list of intelligent questions.

Take a practice run to the location where you are having the interview -- or be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.

Arrive 10 minutes early.

Have extra copies of your resume with you.

Dress for success, shine your shoes.

Greet the receptionist/assistant in a friendly polite manner. This is where you make your first impression and their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions.

If presented with a job application do fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.

Treat the interview seriously and as though you are truly interested in the employer and the opportunity presented.

Tell the employer you are interested and ask for the job

 

Smile, maintain good eye contact and offer a firm handshake
Exhibit positive body language, and look alert. Be confident, friendly, enthusiastic, energetic, positive and determined

These attributes scream "team player!" And, there is nothing companies want more than a team player.

Be co-operative, professional and congenial, the interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker. Behave like someone you would want to work with.

Be honest and be yourself. Dishonesty gets discovered and may result in rescinding the job offer. You want a good fit between you and the employer. If you get hired by acting like someone other than yourself, you will both be unhappy.

Stress your achievements - Be clear and concise in your answers and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible.

Show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.

Write a Thank you note, within 48 hours of the interview






DON’T

Make negative comments past employers or colleagues or supervisors

Ask about salary, benefits or vacation

Interrupt the interviewer

Falsify information

Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.

Be vague in your answers, it may appear that you are hiding something

Take your cell phone

Take a friend, parent or spouse – shows immaturity and lack of independence

 

Treat interview casually, as if you are just shopping around or doing the interview for practice. This is an insult to the interviewer and to the organization

Act desperate, show frustration or negativity

Answer with a simple yes or no

Make assumptions about simple names -- was it Jon or John -- get the spelling.

Slouch or fidget, wear perfume/cologne, chew gum.

Bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.

Have any errors (misspellings or typos) in your thank you letters or resume

Ever not ask any questions -- it shows a lack of interest