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Tricks For Getting An Interview
Preparation will make or break your interview. This may sound obvious,
but it's not. Iíve interviewed many applicants that walked into an
interview without knowing about the industry and the company. Below are
some simple steps to prepare for the interview.
Personal - Know your own qualifications and how they
relate to the position. Review your skills and the character traits you
have that will help the company's bottom line. Mentally review your past
achievements and be prepared to describe your work experience in detail.
Almost every interviewer will ask you: "Tell me about yourself." When
answering, put yourself in the employer's shoes. If you were hiring
someone for the position, what would you want to know?
Industry - Know everything you can about the industry.
Find out as much as you can about the position, the company and
its needs. Knowing these facts will enable you to prove how your
background meets those needs. Research the company on the
Internet and at your local library. Employers are as interested in your questions as they are
in your answers. It is a huge plus if you ask intelligent questions
about the position, the company and the industry.
The first few minutes are critical, and will set the tone for the
interview. To succeed, you must project enthusiasm about the position,
show confidence and competence. Your goal is to convince the interviewer
that you would be an asset to the company.
Visual Image - Dress appropriate for the position you're
seeking. Your attire must fit well within the office and be immaculate.
If you don't know what the typical attire at the company is, ask when
setting up the interview. Your shoes should be polished; pants/skirts
and shirts pressed. Clean hair and fingernails are essential. Avoid
excessive cologne, jewelry or make-up.
Be Prompt - Be on time! Allow extra time for traffic,
parking and slow elevators. Do whatever it takes to arrive a few minutes
early. If necessary, drive to the company the night before and time
yourself. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
Do not rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you.
Interviewers will want you to speak for yourself. Your resume was most
likely pre-screened by the HR department, and your interviewer hasnít
even seen your resume. Sell yourself! When you are answering the
interviewers questions, look the prospective employer in the eye while
speaking. Show enthusiasm; if you are interested in the opportunity,
enthusiastic feedback can enhance your chances of being considered. The
bottom line is that you want appear confident with yourself and your
background. Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement,
etc., on the initial interview unless you are sure the employer is
interested in hiring you. If the interviewer asks what salary you want,
indicate what you've earned but that you're more interested in
opportunity than in a specific salary.
Often overlooked, the follow-up is the final step in the interviewing
process. It's essential that you send a
Note to every person you met at the company (remember to ask for
business cards). In your letter, summarize your conversation and
re-emphasize the skills you would bring to the position. If you are
interested in the position, avoid sending a generic thank you letter;
besides the general ďthank you for your timeĒ, instead note some reasons
why you are the perfect candidate for the job. Chances are that 100ís of
people are interviewing for the same position that you did; you want to
note something that will make you stand out and be remembered.
Try using the "The
Job Interview Secret"