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Interview Tips

These 150 questions include both traditional and behavioral interview questions. How would you describe yourself?

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BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:

  • Review & update your resume.
  • Identify critical skills by reviewing past accomplishments.
  • Know what you’re looking for.
  • Preferred work, location, employer size, benefits.
  • Practice interviewing.
  • Rehearse anticipated questions in order to communicate freely.
  • Find out who you will be interviewing with and their titles.
  • Check to see what happens after the interview. [i.e. Drug test, reference’s, personality test, second interview] Ask your recruiter to find out for you.
  • Prepare for tough questions: What are your weaknesses? Why should we hire you?
  • Dress professionally, be well groomed and well mannered, the first impression is the one that counts.
  • Make extra copies of your resume and bring to interview.
  • Make a list of questions to ask during the interview.
  • Arrive early to allow time to compose yourself.
  • Avoid using negatives.
  • Never say you left a job because you didn’t like the boss.
  • Many companies now give employment tests, personality, or stress tests. It is best to be prepared for any of these tests in advance. But if you are given one unexpectedly, stay calm and relax. Your tension will show up in the test.

DURING THE INTERVIEW:

  • Give the interviewer a firm handshake.
  • Don’t eat, smoke or drink anything – even if offered.
  • Take an active role in the interview. Answer & ask questions.
  • Speak Clearly. Do not mumble your words. It portrays a lack of confidence.
  • Listen before you answer questions. Make sure you have understood the question. If you do not, ask him to clarify it. Take a second, then answer.
  • Stress skills & experience that match openings
  • Maintain eye contact at all times.
  • You are confident about yourself and your capabilities. Relay that. Do not stare out of the window or fiddle with your pencil. The interviewer is talking to you or you to him. Be attentive.
  • Give brief answers. Answer promptly and intelligently. However, when asked yes or no questions, elaborate.
  • Don’t be afraid to take notes. (Remember key points)
  • Resist temptation to discuss salary. OK to ask “What’s the salary range for the position?”
  • Ask questions. (Refer to list)
  • Never say you left a job because you didn’t like the boss.
  • Never lie or embellish. Don’t overstate skills, experience or prior salary
  • Avoid making a quick decision. If you get an offer, express interest & request time to consider it, usually up to one week.
  • Be ready to ask for the job. Ask how many applicants are being considered, and when and how you’ll hear from the employer next.
  • Thank the interviewer for the meeting.

AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

  • Review your performance. What went well & why? What should you modify?
  • Write a thank-you note to the interviewer. Mention a point you made during the interview or that you forgot to get to.

COMMON MISTAKES

  • Not asking for a tour of the facilities.
  • Not taking tests seriously.
  • Not filling out an application neatly and completely.
  • Arriving on time for an interview — ARRIVE EARLY!
  • Ordering alcohol and lobster or the most expensive item for a luncheon/dinner interview.
  • Not looking the interviewer in the eye.
  • Initiating conversation regarding benefits and/or salary.
  • Not asking pertinent questions.
  • Not asking for the job or determining the next step in the process.
  • Answering the interviewers’ questions with a simple YES or NO.
  • Not sending a follow-up letter.
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