Sunday, May 24, 2015

INTERVIEW TIPS THAT CAN LAND YOU YOUR NEXT JOB

Job interview never seems to get any easier –
even when you have gone on more interviews than
you can count.
You are always meeting new people, having to sell
yourself and your skills, and often getting the third
degree about what you know or don’t know.
And, you have to stay upbeat and enthusiastic
throughout each interview.

Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to
interview effectively.



PREPARE WELL

Proper preparation will help alleviate some of the
stress involved in job interviews and the more you
prepare, the more comfortable and successful you
will be interviewing.
Job Interview Tips



Practice

Practice answering interview questions and
practice your responses to the typical job interview
questions and answers most employers ask. Think
of concrete examples you can use to highlight your
skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a
great way to promote your candidacy. Also have a
list of your own questions to ask the employer
ready.

Research

Do your homework about the employer and the
industry so you are ready for the question What do
you know about this company? Know the
interviewer’s name and use it during the job
interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and
ask prior to the interview.
Try to relate what you
have learned about the company when answering
questions.

Get Ready

Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and
appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing
with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your
resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

Be On Time

Be on time for the interview. On time means five to
ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to
drive to the interview location ahead of time so you
know exactly where you are going and how long it
will take to get there.

Here’s more on preparing for an interview.

Stay Calm

During the job interview try to relax and stay as
calm possible. Remember that your body language
says as much about you as your answers to the
questions. Proper preparation will allow you to
exude confidence. Take a moment to regroup.
Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to
the entire question (active listening) before you
answer and pay attention – you will be
embarrassed if you forget the question. Check out
these tips for avoiding job interview stress to help
stay calm. Also review our interview tips for
introverts.

Show What You Know

Try to relate what you know about the company
when answering questions. When discussing your
career accomplishments match them to what the
company is looking for. Use examples from your
research when answering questions, “I noticed that
when you implemented a new software system last
year, your customer satisfaction ratings improved
dramatically. I am well versed in the latest
technologies from my experience with developing
software at ABC, and appreciate a company who
strives to be a leader in its industry.” Here’s how to
make a match between your expertise and the
company’s requirements.

Follow Up

Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating
your interest in the position. You can also include
any details you may have forgotten to mention
during your interview. If you interview with multiple
people send each one a personal thank you note.
Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24
hours of your interview.
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