RESEARCH THE EMPLOYER IN ADVANCE
Have you ever been asked, “Why would you like to
work for this company?” Researching a company before an interview will prepare
you to answer these types of questions with confidence. Knowing a few key facts
about the company and the position in which you are applying for will show your
interest in the organization as a whole, rather than just another job.
Arriving late to an interview should be avoided at
all cost! Always get to the interview at least fifteen minutes early. Arriving
late shows a lack of effort, preparation and courtesy. It can leave the
interviewer with the impression that you will be unable to arrive to work on
time, miss deadlines, or that you are not that interested in the job. If you
have an emergency that prevents you from arriving on time, notify the
interviewer as soon as possible.
TO TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF
Not turning off your cell phone during an interview
is rude. To ensure your cell phone does not interrupt your interview, leave it
at home or in your car. A ringing or vibrating cell phone during an interview
indicates a lack of professionalism and respect for the interviewer’s time. If
you can’t make it through the interview without your cell phone, the
interviewer may view this as an ongoing distraction if you were to get the job.
If there is an emergency situation that requires you to bring your cell
phone, please disclose prior to the beginning of the interview.
NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS OR MANAGERS
The interview is the time to highlight your
relevant skills, experience and accomplishments. Focus on what you can
contribute to the position and to the company. Do not use this opportunity to
bad-mouth your former manager or employer. Employers are looking for competent,
experienced employees who are team players, focused, driven, and results
oriented, not a complainer. Even if your comments are true, you will surely
leave a negative impression with the interviewer. The way you talk about your
last employer is how the interviewer will assume you will talk about them.
the conclusion of your interview, the interviewer ask, “Do you have any
questions?” This is an opportunity! It’s not the time to panic and say, “NO!”
Prior to the interview, have a minimum of three open-ended questions that are
relevant to the company and/or the position to which you are applying. This
shows a genuine interest for the job. Some questions to ask include:
- What are the
day-to-day responsibilities of the position?
- How will my
performance be measured?
I perform well in this position, where do you see me in five years?
do you like best about working here?
are the company's plans for growth over the next five years?
- What are the
company's strengths and weaknesses, compared to its competitors?
qualifications should an employee possess to be successful in this position?
are some challenges facing the person in this position?
there any unique elements of the job that I should know about?
many people would I be managing?
are the next steps in the interview process?
YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
There are many reasons that may prompt someone to
lie or exaggerate in an interview. Anything from why you left your last job,
embellishing your work experience, how much money you made at your previous
job, about your education, gaps in employment and more. Be honest, and most importantly
focus on how your skills, education and experience relates to the job at hand.
When asked a question, we sometimes feel the need
to explain everything. The interviewer isn’t interested in hearing your life
story. To avoid talking too much, prepare your answers ahead of time, role-play
with a friend or family member, and try to keep your answers to 30 seconds in
length. This will ensure your responses are well thought out, deliberate, and
to the point.
Out of hundreds of resumes you
have made it to the interview. This is your opportunity to sell yourself. What
happens during the interview? The interviewer is asking questions and you
respond with a word or two. This will most likely cost you the job. Before the
interview, you should review potential interview questions, rehearse your
responses, and most importantly make sure your responses are relevant to the
job in which you are seeking.
skills are equally as important as verbal skills. Avoiding eye contact, folding
your arms, slouching in your chair and fidgeting can wreck your chance at
having a successful interview. However subtle, nonverbal communication can
project a lack of confidence or a lack of professionalism. Remember, nonverbal
skills are being evaluated the minute you walk through the door. Always exhibit
excellent posture, a firm handshake, establish eye contact and remain poised at
follow up with the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview. This
is the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and the company,
and to highlight relevant skills and accomplishments.
Article by Fort Bend Works