INTERVIEW TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU LAND YOUR NEXT JOB!

  • Within the first 15 seconds the interviewer has already made up their mind about you. First impressions are KEY and lasting.
  • DRESS FOR SUCCESS!!! You want to dress professionally and conservative. The best rule of thumb is to wear a dark suit, White shirt/top. Women should wear closed toed shoes.
  • Please make sure your shoes are shined, pressed suit and shirt/top, clean fingernails, (Women do not wear bright colored fingernail polish).  No perfume/cologne, as some may be allergic.
  • Gentlemen please take your White shirt to the cleaners and have it pressed, which looks more professional.
  • Ladies small earrings – no hoops, light jewelry.
  • Plan Ahead – Research the company and the position as well as the people you will meet with at the interview.   Review their web site and learn as much as you can about the company and what it does. During the interview let the interviewer know that you went on their web site and you find what they do extremely interesting, etc.
  • How can you be an asset? Why should a company hire you?
  • Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the companies needs.
  • NEVER SPEAK POORLY OF A PAST EMPLOYER OR AN EMPLOYEE. AVOID NEGATIVE COMMENTS.
  • Practice interviewing in front of a mirror or with family or friends.
  • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Be Positive – Smile. People like to hire happy people.
  • Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Pay attention to all details of the atmosphere to see if it were one in which you would feel comfortable working in.
  • Ask questions – about the company and about the position, come prepared to take notes.
  • When hiring managers initiate conversations about the weather or your commute, they are not just interested in the weather. They are also trying to get a feel for your personality and temperament. For example, saying something like “That game was awful”, gives the impression that you are negative.
  • Do not let your guard down. It is fine to relax a little and become more casual. But still always be in control of everything you say: be courteous, polite and friendly at all times. (NO SLANG.)
  • Listen more than you speak. Try to speak just 20 percent of the time and encourage the interviewer to speak 80 percent of the time.
  • Be positive. Whether you are talking about a difficult former boss or commenting on the traffic outside, avoid any use of negativity – you do not want the employer’s only memory of you to be a negative one.
  • Once you are done with the interview, shake the interviewers hand and thank them. Make sure you get their business card. (If you meet with more then one person be sure to get all of their cards). Once you get home mail a thank you card to each person in addition to sending an e-mail to each person. This shows that you went the extra step and this could make or break their decision.
  • Lastly smile and good luck!