Interviewing 101

Prepare Yourself
Before the big day, do your homework. Research the company to learn as much as you can. You can also research the industry and the specific position. This can be done using the internet and by talking with people in the organization. Use the information to demonstrate your knowledge and interest during the interview.  Don’t ever go into an interview and ask the employer, “what does your company do?”

Dress The Part
A professional appearance alone will not land you the job, but a slovenly one will certainly hurt your chances. Dressas though you’re ready and enthusiastic to go to work.Professionals dress professionally.  Lose the college backpack.  Wear a conservative outfit such as a suit. Go easy on the trendy; avoid displaying anything that may take attention away from your skills and qualifications — tattoos, nose rings, makeup, etc.  And don’t forget to wear a smile.

Be Polite

Show respect to everyone you meet, whether it’s the boss, the receptionist, or a prospective coworker. Since the first person you meet on an interview is usually a receptionist, consider this as the first impression you’ll make.

Sell Your Strengths/Catalog Your Skills

Make sure you’re ready to tell the interviewer what you have done and what you can do for the company. Focus on what you can offer the interviewer to address his or her problems. Don’t talk about how the job or company can help you solve yours.

Ask intelligent questions

It shows that you have done some homework, demonstrates your interest in the field, and can help you get a better understanding of expectations, culture, etc. One thing you don’t want to immediately ask is the salary and benefits. Wait and give the employer a chance to provide you with that information.

Have a Good Handshake

Your handshake is your first opportunity to create a great impression.  Don’t give a bone crusher and don’t have a limp wrist. You simply want a good firm grip with two shakes.

Talking Appropriately

Over-talking makes you look flaky or nervous.  There are many nervous habits that come out during an interview and a nervous candidate seldom makes a good impression. While over-talking isn’t good, under-talking doesn’t give you the opportunity to sell yourself enough. And don’t speak negatively about current or past employers/managers. The fastest way to talk yourself out of a new job is to say negative things about the last one.


Rose Opengart, Interviews That Work

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