Interview Tips

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Being prepared is the key to a successful interview and enhances your chances of being hired. The two main objectives of an interview are:

  1. For the interviewer, to decide to hire you for the position they are seeking to fill. They do this by evaluating your work history, prior experience, longevity, ability to keep a job, educational background, training, as well as your motivation, attitude, and personality. Their purpose of conducting an interview is to determine whether or not you fit into their company's environment.
  2. For the candidate or job seeker, the objective is to satisfy the prospective employer's requirements as well as learn those things you need to know about the company. An interviewee's focus from the beginning should be to "obtain a job offer" whether you decide from the first moment you walk in that you are not interested or that you are interested. Your main goal is to get the offer. You must focus on the job at hand. Remember that you can always turn a job offer down but you must have one to do so!

Here are some tips and pointers:

  • Always arrive to your interview on time. Being late will indicate your future likelihood of being late to work.
  • Be prepared. Do a little research on the company prior to your interview.
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake. No one likes to shake a noodle.
  • Maintain good eye contact, smile, and be friendly.
  • Be an active participant. Ask questions and be involved.
  • Watch your language. Avoid swearing or degrading comments.
  • Stay away from talking about money. Your recruiter will handle this for you. Talking about money, benefits, or vacation will sometimes come across as your only interest. You may give a figure lower than the employer planned on paying and cost yourself money, or you may say too much and they may pass on you.
  • Be prepared to explain any gaps of employment or your reasons for leaving past companies.
  • Never say anything negative about your past employers. This may indicate a negative personality or what you may say about them should you leave.
  • Always thank the employer for their time and for the interview.
  • Most importantly, ask for the job. Many times the difference in getting "AN OFFER" or "NOT GETTING AN OFFER" is your failure to ask for the position. So don't forget, ASK FOR THE JOB! You may only get one chance.
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