Job Interview Process
By: Kienna Norgaard
Before the Interview
- Review your resume so you aren't surprised when they ask about it
- Research the company you are applying for
- Research what they prefer you wear for the interview
- Plan how you are going to get to the company and how long it will take
During the Interview
- Get to the interview ten to fifteen minutes early
- Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake
- Tell the interview your name and the position you are applying for
- Make sure you bring your resume, references, and maybe even a pen and paper
- Ask about what you need to wear while on the job
- Ask if they know when they will have a final decision on who will get the job
5 Common Interview Questions and Tips
- Tell me about yourself: Tell the interviewer a brief statement on what your previous work or or community service experience is. Make sure it is not too long or else the interviewer will become bored.
- What is your greatest strength?: Tell the interviewer one of your greatest strengths that they are also looking for in an employee.
- What is your greatest weakness?: Tell the interviewer a weakness that isn't essential to their company and that they need in an employee. Make sure you turn your weakness around so it sounds like it is good to have this as a weakness and how you can use it to their advantage.
- Why did you quit/get fired from your last job?: If you quit your last job, just say something that doesn't make you sound like a bad employee. Say something along the lines of how you wanted to try something new. If you were fired, be honest with the interviewer but make sure you don't make yourself sound like you are not good to have at their company.
- What do you know about our company?: First, make sure you researched the company beforehand so you are prepared for something like this. You should tell the interviewer something that they are very proud of like anything they do to help with the community or good things they do for their employees.
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After the Interview
- When the interviewer asks you if you have any questions for them, make sure you have one. You can ask about uniforms, pay(if they haven't brought it up yet), and even if they know when they will know who has got the job.
- Give the interviewer a smile and a firm handshake before you leave
- Tell the interviewer thank you and that you would really love to work for them.
- Send the company/interviewer a thank you note for getting the chance to have an interview and that you would really love to work for their company.
Dress for the Interview
- Both men and women should wear neutral colors like navy or other dark colors that go with anything
- Both men and women should have neatly groomed hair and faces
- Both men and women should avoid wearing jeans
- Women should avoid short dresses or skirts, low-cut necklines, and too much makeup, jewelry, and perfume.
- Women should avoid polished nails, or brightly polished nails
- Men should avoid hats, patterned ties, white socks, and too much cologne
- Do not make any excuses for anything about your past
- Do not make any negative comments on your past employers
- Do not act too casual in the interview, they expect you to be nervous
- Do not slouch down in your chair, have good posture
- Do not chew gum
- Do not fidget with anything on the table or in your hands
- Do not bring in your phone
- Do not bring anyone with you
- Do not wear excessive fragrances or jewelry
- Do not dress with too bright colors
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