Interview Tips

 

 

 

 

Interviews are your chance to sell your skills and abilities

Use the following the tips to ace your interviews:

How to dress for an interview All interviews are formal situations.

A clean and neat professional appearance is an important step in making a good first impression.

Dress as you want to be seen: professional, successful, and the kind of person the company wants

to represent it. In any job interview, you need to make sure that your clothes fit well and are clean,

not wrinkled or stained. Clean, appropriate shoes are also important.

Below are clothing items that are not acceptable for interviews:

• Shorts

• Flip flops, sandals, or tennis/running shoes

• Trendy or loud clothing

• Very short, tight, or low-cut clothing

• Gaby

• Cape

Practice

Review common interview questions. answering them with someone else or in front of a mirror.

Come prepared with stories that relate to the skills that the employer wants, while emphasizing your:

• Strengths

• willingness to work and flexibility

• leadership skills

• ability and willingness to learn new things

• contributions to the organizations in which you have worked or volunteered

• creativity in solving problems and working with people

List Questions to Ask

at the Interview Pick questions that will demonstrate your interest in the job and the

company. This might include commenting on the news you learned from the company

website, and then asking a question related to it. Also ask questions about the job

you will be expected to perform, like:

• What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

• How will my responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?

• Could you explain your organizational structure?

Be Confident

Display confidence during the interview. Be confident, but let the interviewer start the dialogue.

Send a positive message with your body language.

• Shake hands firmly, but only if a hand is offered to you first.

• Maintain eye contact.

• Listen carefully. Welcome all questions, even the difficult ones, with a smile.

• Give honest, direct answers.

• Develop answers in your head before you respond. If you don't understand a question,

ask for it to be repeated or clarified. You don't have to rush, but you don't want to

appear indecisive.

Use Good Communication Techniques

Your interview is an opportunity for you to make a good first impression.

Here are some tips for communicating effectively:

• Be organized

• Listen carefully.

• Overcome objections.

• Be persistent.

End With a Good Impression

A positive end to the interview is another way to ensure your success.

• Be courteous and allow the interview to end on time.

• Restate any strengths and experiences that you might not have emphasized earlier.

• Mention a particular accomplishment or activity that fits the job.

• If you want the job, say so!

• Find out if there will be additional interviews.

• Ask when the employer plans to make a decision.

• Indicate a time when you may contact the employer to learn of the decision.

Reasons People Don't Get Hired

• Application form or resume is incomplete or sloppy

• Overly aggressive behavior

• Lack of maturity

• Lack of interest and enthusiasm

• Nervousness or lack of confidence and poise

• Responding vaguely to questions

• No genuine interest in the company or job

• Lack of planning for career; no purpose and no goals

• Over-emphasis on money

• Unwillingness to start at the bottom

• Negative attitude about past employers

• Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time



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