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Nailing the Job Interview
Are you interested in nailing the job interview? Learn from someone who has conducted thousands of job interviews.
- Research the company
- Research the people who will be interviewing you. With social media, it is easy today to get information on anyone who is online.
- Get a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle, on one side, write down the key requirements, for the position, and on the other side, for each key requirement, write down your skill and experience.
- As an ice breaker, more than likely you will be asked, “Tell me about yourself!” Write your response to the question. Highlight your skills and accomplishments that are relevant to the position, start from the past to the present. Include what you want them to know about you.
- Practice saying what you’ve written in front of the mirror, and keep refining until you sound natural.
- Practice answering the question in front of family and friends, incorporating any feedback that makes sense.
- Develop questions to ask during the interview. Design questions to gather more intelligence about the company, people and position because you want to determine if it’s the right fit for you. Do not include questions about salary or perks, leave it to the hiring manager.
- Choose what you will wear to the interview. Always err on the side of caution so dress conservatively, wearing neutral colors.
- Get a portfolio to keep a pen, notepad and copies of your resumes. It is a turnoff to hiring managers if you walk into the interview empty handed because it signals to them that you are not really interested in the interview or the position.
- On the day of the interview, do not wear any perfume or cologne because many people are sensitive to scents. If you are a smoker, do not smoke because the hiring manager may be a non-smoker and may find the cigarette odor offensive.
- Wear an outfit to create a great first impression.
- Arrive early.
- Answer the questions thoughtfully. If you are asked a question that you didn’t prepare for, pause and think about the question, then answer as best as you can.
- When asked if you have any questions, say “Yes!” Take out your sheet of paper with the questions that you developed, and lay it in front of you. Never hand the questions to the hiring manager. If there are questions on your list that were addressed, say “We’ve already talked about these,” then strike them off your list. Ask the other questions.
- Send Thank-you letters within 24 hours of the interview to all those who interviewed you.
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