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Job Interview Tips – The Interview Process

Always give yourself EXTRA time – anticipate traffic – you always want to arrive 5-10 minutes early.

Be polite to everyone you interact with at the company.

If you’re asked to fill out an application form, be neat, accurate and answer all the questions.

Greet the interviewer by name, smile and shake hands firmly. If you haven’t been able to verify the pronunciation of the interviewer’s name, ask for that information.

Follow the interviewer’s lead. If possible, ask specifics about the job and responsibilities at the beginning of the interview so you uncover what the interviewer’s hot buttons might be. If you can gauge what information is important to him/her – you can tailor some of your responses to highlight these points.

Maintain good posture and make eye contact with the interviewer.

Listen carefully and speak up when the opportunity arises. Be confident.

Answer all questions fully but concisely. Tell the interviewer about your strengths and state your accomplishments – be sure to point out your results.

Do your homework before the interview – read the company website or any press releases so if the interviewer asks you the question – What do you know about us? – you will have some current information. (Clients HATE when you haven’t taken the time to look them up and do your due diligence.)

If you have done your homework on the person with whom you are interviewing, you might be able to establish some rapport i.e. you might have found out that the person has gone to the same university as you or have common acquaintances or interests.

Don’t talk too much or go off on tangents. If possible, only discuss your qualifications for the job and your understanding of the company.

Do not be negative about present or past employers.

Don’t try and fill in the space if there is a short silence – the interviewer may be reading your resume or thinking about the next question.

Make sure the interviewer sees that you are interested in getting the job. Even if you are hoping to receive another offer, remember the advantages of having several offers from which to you can choose.

Don’t ask about salaries, vacations, bonuses, retirement plans or other benefits in the initial interview. These discussions are for the next steps.

If the interviewer asks what salary you expect, state that you are more interested in the opportunity than a specific income level (try and avoid this conversation in the first meeting).

If you feel the interview is going off the rails, maintain a positive attitude. Occasionally, an interviewer will deliberately discourage you to test your reaction to this kind of situation.

Prepare a few good questions to ask at the end of the interview if there is time (a potential employer will always be impressed if the candidate has some decent questions).

Thank the person for his/her time and ask about next steps. Always re-iterate your interest in the role and the opportunity to learn more.