Job Interview Process

Stacie Novakowski

Before the Interview

There are a lot of things you should do to prepare for your job interview. Before an interview you should always research the company and find out their main focus, their goals, any particular information that shows you know about the company. Once you've learned more about them take that information with your skills and interests and see how they might benefit and compare to this company. Make sure you have a resume and any other documentation you might need ready before the day of the interview. Also it's a good idea to make a trip to be sure how long it will take to get to your interview at the time of day it is scheduled for, you don't want to show up late on your first impression.
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During the Interview

An interview can be a stressful process, being well prepared helps with those difficult questions. Arriving early can always give you time to calm nerves and prepare mentally for your interview, 15 minutes is good amount of time to release stress and get prepared. You should always greet your possible future employer with a smile and a firm hand shake, this is their first impression of you, be pleasant and happy to be there. Always bring your resume and any other kind of documentation they may require, its good to look prepared and eager to please them. An employer will always ask you if you have any questions for them, always say yes! You can ask them how the schedule would be and how they would be willing to work with you and your schedule.
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5 Common Interview Questions

How would your experience at your last job benefit you here?
  • Give real examples of skills you have that would benefit them. Tell how you made certain situations happen and how you plan to do the same for them.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
  • This is your chance to show them how you can do the job. Give an example of something that would benefit them in every way, if it isn't specific to this particular job, don't say it.
How would people you have worked with describe you?
  • This question is testing how well you work with others and relationships with peers. Give your answer and then back them up with example on why they would say such things.
What's your greatest weakness?
  • Don't give an example that is necessary for that job. Give a weakness that wouldn't enable you to do the job, then give an example on what you are doing to overcome that weakness.
Why are you the best person for this job?
  • This is your opportunity to tell how you would be different from other candidates. Always back up any answer with an example to prove you will follow through.
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After the Interview

Make sure you follow up with the employer. At the end of the interview give your contact info and tell them how you look forward to hearing from them. After about 2 days it is acceptable to call just to follow up, it shows you are eager to start
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Dress for the Interview

Your appearance is the first thing they see as they approach you, make sure you look presentable and appropriate! Women can wear a dress or skirt, pant suit is also acceptable. Wear appropriate shoes and limited jewelry, little to no perfume or fragrance as the employer may be allergic. Men should wear a suit of solid color, nothing too busy and make sure your facial hair is trimmed. Also keep the cologne and aftershave to a minimum. You should always dress to impress for an interview.

Interview Don'ts

DON'T

  • talk badly about any past employer
  • ask what you will be paid
  • chew gum or smell of smoke
  • swear or speak inappropriately
  • take the interview lightly
  • act like you'd take any job or desperate

Job Interview Tips: Do's and don'ts for a successful first impression -- JessicaDominguezTV