PREPARE FOR JOB INTERVIEWS
The interview is the most important step to getting a job offer. It's also the most stressful job search activity. Here are some useful tips for preparing for a job interview:
- Develop a 30-second pitch on why someone should hire you.
- Review your resume and be prepared to discuss everything that appears on it - no ifs, ands, or buts.
- Practice developing positive answers to frequently asked interview questions - stand in front of a mirror and record your answers.
- Prepare positive answers to any objections to your background, experience, and skills.
- Identify at least 10 questions you want to ask the interviewer.
- Select an appropriate interview wardrobe - neat, clean, and suitable for the employer and company.
- Confirm the time and place of the interview and arrive at the site five to 10 minutes early.
- Treat everyone you meet, including receptionists, with enthusiasm and respect - everyone may be interviewing you!
- Prepare for different types of interviews - one-on-one, sequential, serial, panel, group, behavioral, examination/text, and situational.
- Be prepared to tactfully deal with illegal questions.
- Know how to communicate both verbally and nonverbally.
- Greet the interviewer properly – with a firm handshake and smile.
- Communicate positive behaviors during the first five minutes.
- Let the interviewer initiate the openers.
- Answer questions with complete sentences and with substance.
- Close the interview properly by summarizing your understanding, scheduling a second interview, or asking for the job.
- Delay salary discussions until you’ve received a job offer.
SOURCE: Adapted from Ron Krannich, Ph.D., The Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), page 33. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Copying strictly forbidden.