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Interviewing Tips



INTERVIEWING TIPS

Do's
  • If the interview is on-site at the company take a practice run to the location or be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there. Arrive 15 minutes early. Being late is never excusable. If you are running late call the company!
  • If it's a phone interview be sure to have a place picked out ahead of time to talk.
  • Do your research on the company. Go to their web site and familiarize yourself with their business.
  • If presented with / or asked to fill out a job application, fill it out completely, and accurately. NEVER put "See Resume" on an application.
  • Dress business professional for the interview, even if the company has a casual dress environment.
  • Answer the interviewer's questions as specifically as possible. Don't ramble on.
  • Body language is important. Be professional. Smile, make eye contact, and maintain good posture.
  • Anticipate tough questions. Prepare to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths.
  • Ask questions. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation.
  • Listen. Concentrate not only on the interviewer's words, but also on the tone of voice and body language. Once you understand how the interviewer thinks, pattern your answers accordingly and you will be able to establish a better rapport.
  • Do immediately take down notes after the interview concludes so you don't forget crucial details.
  • Try and get business cards from each person you interviewed with and write thank you notes within 24 hours to each person who interviewed you.
Don'ts
  • Don't ever lie about anything. (education, salary, work history, arrest record, etc.) Most companies today run some kind of background verification.
  • Don't rely on your application or resume to simply sell you. No matter how qualified you are you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  • Don't act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
  • Don't express bitterness. Don't say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  • Don't answer vague questions. Ask the interviewer to explain fuzzy questions.
  • Don't interrupt the interviewer. If you don't listen, the interviewer won't either.
  • Don't smoke, chew gum or place anything on the interviewer's desk.
  • Don't wear heavy perfume or cologne. The interviewer may not share your tastes.
  • Don't smoke! And don't smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke. And do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have a breath mint before the interview.
  • Don't ramble. Overlong answers may make you sound apologetic or indecisive.
Closing the Interview
If you feel that the interview went well and you want to take the next step, let the interviewer(s) know your thoughts. Let them know that you are very interested in pursuing this job opportunity and what is the next step? If the interviewer has some concerns you may be able to create an opportunity to overcome them, and have one final chance to dispel the concerns.


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