Youíve sent your carefully completed
application form, relevant education and work history summary,
and enticing resume. Now youíve been invited for a personal
interview. Congratulations! Now itís important
to prepare well, for this may be your last chance to convince
your potential employer that you are the perfect fit for this
Here are a few keys for a successful
Research, Rehearse, Relax
Before an interview, it is important to
prepare how best to ďsellĒ your strengths to the company or
Learn all you can about the organization or
company through its web site, business journals, and reports
of recent developments
-its products or services
-its mission, vision, values
-whom it serves
-the skills and personal qualities it is looking for
-whether it has been hiring or laying off employees lately
-its expansion plans for services or products
-the types of questions this employer might ask
With a friend, practice answering and asking
questions. Practice in front of a mirror, a tape or video
recorder to be aware of tone of voice, facial and hand
Review how your education and experience can fit into the
needs and goals of the organization or company.
Practice appropriate answers to questions about your strengths
and weaknesses, and your relationships in your last job.
Think about listening to questions very carefully and
answering respectfully, politely, sincerely, honestly.
(Practice with a friend.)
Be aware of your tone and attitude for both your answers and
questions. Be positive and organized. (Donít ramble.)
Be careful that you answer without using slang or coarse
language. Always answer in complete sentences.
Get a good nightís sleep, go for a walk,
take deep breaths.
Wear appropriate clothing: no shorts, overly tight or skimpy
tops, mini skirts, runners or sandals, heavy perfume or
deodorant. Women should avoid heavy makeup.
Always arrive for interviews 10-15 minutes early so you know
exactly where youíre going, and you have time to take a few
more deep breaths.
Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.
Maintain eye contact. Donít fidget, donít get defensive, donít
Be friendly and show genuine interest in the company and in
meeting other employees.
Be yourself. Be someone the company would love to have around
on a daily basis.
Be grateful. Send a hand-written or typed thank-you note
immediately following the interview. Be sure to use the
interviewís name and position.
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