How To Interview

by Emily Bykerk

Before the Interview

Research the company's profile and background. Know as much about the company as possible. You should be ready to talk in depth about the industy, the orginization, and the position you are applying for.

Think of questions to ask your interviewer. Participating actively during an interview gives a good impression of your level of interest in the job. Ask questions that reflect your interest in the future for the job.

Practice with a friend. Practicing will get you more comfortable with giving answers and using appropriate terminology. Also practicing giving consice, complete answers and keeping good eye contact while you answer.

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During the Interview

Arrive 10-20 minutes early. This shows that you will be able to show up to work on time. You don't want the interviewer to be waiting on you to arrive.

Bring a copy of your resume, your drivers license, social security number and pen. This way you are prepared if they need your information, which shows orginization and responsibility.

Show courtesy to everybody during the interview. This includes everyone in the staff, to the interviewer himself, you never know who has input in hiring you, and you only have one chance at a first impression.

Present good body language. Have good posture, don't play with your hands or hair. A good tip for not fidgeting is keeping your hands underneath your legs while sitting.

Have some questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the job, and are wanting to learn everything about it. Possible questions could be; what are some qualitities you like to have in an employer? What is your favorite aspect in this company? Tell me a little bit about your first time working here?

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5 Common Interview Questions and Tips on Answering Them

1. Tell me about your expierences with your past company. With this question, you want to convince the hiring manager that you can bring value to the team by providing specific examples that resulted in sucessful outcomes. You want to empahsize your skills that will better suit you for the new company.

2. What is your biggest accomplishment? With this question, it is a good opprotunity to provide an example that shows you can do the job. Think about the skills detailed in the job description and of which your accomplishments most directly relate. You should not only to tell of past accomplishments, but what you are capable of accomplishing with the job.

3. How would people you have worked with describe you? This questions centers on how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers, and direct reports. Give examples of situations that illistrate how you work with people across various functions. Answer truthfully, as the hiring manager will likely look into your past employers and your relationship.

4. What is your greatest weakness? The key to this question is to be honest, yet strategic. You need to go into detail on ways that you are overcoming this weakness, and ultimately, showing the hiring manager that self-aware, thoughtful, and proactive about your weakness. Don't make your weakness an essential quality for the job, and try to turn your weakness into a postivie thing.

5. Why are you the best person for this job? The job interviewer is looking for you to tell a way that you are different or unique from the other canidates. Think of your most impressive trait that closely relates to the job that sells you as the best person with the best qualities for the job.

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After the Interview

Give a firm handshake. Thank the interviewer for his time and give him a firm handshake. This shows professionalism, and appreciation for his time. You can even tell the interviewer that you hope to hear from him soon! You should still make as good of impression after the interview as you did in the beginning.

Send a thank-you note.
Send a note thanking the interviewer for his time and the consideration, possibly even the day of the interview. Sending a thank you note shows appreciation, and gives them another chance to consider them.
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Following an Interview

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Interview DON'TS

  • Don't make excuses. Take responsibilites for your actions.
  • Don't make negative comments about past employees, bosses or companies
  • Don't lie about answers or things you put on your application.
  • Don't try to make the interview a casual confrontation, treat it professionaly.
  • Don't act like you are extremely desperate for employment.
  • Don't be chewing on gum.
  • Don't mess with your hands, tie, or hair during the interview.
  • Don't be hungry, so your stomach keeps growling throughout the interview.
  • Don't be tired, you need to be alert and awake.
  • Don't take out your cellphone during the interview, keep it on silent, or leave it in your car.
  • Don't be late!!
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