The interview process is your opportunity to shine!
Some employers base their interviews on real life experiences. You may be asked to provide example of how you've handled specific situations in the past. You may be asked to describe a high-pressure situation you've been in and the steps you took to work through it. This kind of dialogue gives you a chance to demonstrate your qualities and allows the employer to learn more about you.
Here are some quick tips to help bring out the champion in you:
It's true that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The first impression you make will determine the course of your interview, so keep in mind you are meeting your prospective employer for the very first time. Your appearance, clothing and attitude will all contribute to the overall impression you make. A suit or professional dress is suggested regardless of the dress code of the office. Remember - the time spent with an interviewer may have a major impact on your future.
A successful interview requires solid preparation. The time invested is well worth it when it results in a job offer. Your resume should be prepared carefully and you should be ready to answer both general and specific questions. Examine your skills, interests, strengths and goals. Be ready to relate them during the interview process.
Do Your Homework
Gather as much information about the company as you can prior to your interview. The more you know about your prospective employer the better off you'll be. Being aware of a company's size, recent growth, products and/or services will prove to be helpful during your interview. Read magazine articles and professional journals. Talk to people in the industry to gain insight. This will help you ask informed questions and enable you to get the most from your interview.
Send a positive non-verbal message including appropriate eye contact and professional body language. Look your best and consider the position, work culture and/or industry when you dress. Make yourself comfortable.
Your answers should be clear, concise and show genuine interest in the job. Be prepared to answer specific questions about your qualifications, background, previous positions you've held, experiences and any accomplishments included on your resume.
You should also be armed with questions as well. The interview is an opportunity for you to ask about your role and responsibilities as an employee.
Date - Time - Place
Check your directions carefully and allow ample travel time. It's also a good idea to add an extra ten minutes or so for emergencies.
Above all, be prompt!! Your prospective employer may be on a tight schedule which could cut your interview time short or cause you to miss it entirely. Being late also gives an impression that you will not be punctual on the job. Be sure to call the company if you will be unavoidably delayed. If, upon arriving you are kept waiting by the interviewer, please be patient.
Below are suggested guidelines common to most interviews:
Possible Questions You May Be Asked
Think about and consider how you would answer these typical interview questions:
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