Interviewing tips

Getting ready for an interview? Here are some interviewing tips that might help.

– Identify your accomplishments before you go on an interview.Think of the company benefits and results you have achieved.
– Don’t let your guard down.
– Answer the interviewer’s questions in a direct and concise manner.
– Dress in a manner that your position calls for.
– Maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer; this shows confidence.
– Develop questions that demonstrate interest in working with the company.
– Send a thank-you letter to all individuals with whom you interviewed.
– Be aware of your language. Avoid vocal fillers such as “you know” or “um”.
– Answer questions within 60 seconds or you will lose your listener.
– Be prepared, but don’t sound rehearsed.
– Expect to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself.”
– Remember that you are interviewing the company as well.
– Be prepared to expand on the information you provided in the resume.
– Always show up on time.
– Be honest but careful of what you are saying.
– When filling out a job application, be sure to read and follow the instructions.
– Be polite and positive.
– Research interview techniques and prepare.
– Listen carefully to the questions that are asked and answer the question.
– Maintain a positive and upbeat demeanor.
– Don’t go off on tangents.
– Be aware of your tone and body language.
– Establish rapport with the interviewer.
– Don’t interrupt the interviewer when she or he is speaking.
– Expect to be nervous.
– At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer what the next step will be.
– Know the organization’s needs and culture before the interview.
– Be yourself.
– Don’t speak negatively about your present or past employer.
– Be prepared to answer, “Why did you leave your last company?”.
– Wait until you are offered a seat before you sit down.
– Interact with the interviewer; don’t react.
– Pace yourself; if you need extra time to think of an answer, take it.
– Write down your thoughts of the interview immediately after it is over.

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