Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Job Interview DO's

Having spent a number of years interviewing candidates I have identified some "commion sense" Do's for job interviews. Here are a few tips:
  • Dress appropriately for the industry; if you not sure, dress conservative and always come across professionally. Remember first impressions...
  • Know where you are going, know how long it takes to get there and DON'T ever be late.
  • Treat all people you encounter at the company with courtesy and respect. You don't know who the decison makers are.
  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. Don't giggle and don't be overly enthusiastic...
  • Listen...Listen...Listen. Be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation.
  • Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
  • Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples.
  • Be thorough in your responses, while being concise in your wording.
  • Be honest and be yourself.
  • Treat the interview seriously. Behave as though you are truly interested in the employer and the opportunity presented.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude. Behave like someone you would want to work with.
  • Have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Limit it to three questions. Don't interview the interviewer.
  • Make sure you understand the employer's next step in the hiring process.
  • When the interviewer concludes the interview, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Depart gracefully.
  • Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly.

I know that common sense is not very common, but is very important to make a good...no excellent......first impression..

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