Interview Tips – Phone Interview
- Schedule the interview at a time and number where you can be alone and talk freely. Stand on your feet during the call. We think better on our feet and your voice will be stronger.
- Answer questions as directly as possible. If you don't know, say so. Be candid, friendly, cheerful and courteous. Confident but not cocky. If you sense that the other person wants to do lots of talking – let them. People like others who are interested in hearing them talk.
Interview Tips – Face to Face Interview
- Prior to your visit, educate yourself about the company – go through their web site and write down several questions that come to mind. Look them up on Yahoo or Google. Know the reason why you'd like to work at the company. People notice when you have knowledge of their company and/or products.
- Take several copies of your resume with you – you'll be prepared if they are short a copy.
- Be on time. Make sure you know the exact location of the interview. Late arrival is never excusable.
- Dress Code
- Be aware of the office dress code – look sharp and professional:
Grooming: Clean hair & fingernails are essential. Hair should be styled conservatively. Avoid excess make-up, jewelry, or cologne.
Firm handshake & enthusiastic smile. Send the right message by standing straight, moving confidently, and sitting slightly forward in your chair.
- First Impression
- The outcome of the interview will depend largely on the impression you make during the first 5 minutes.
Look people in the eye when talking or listening to them.
Listen to questions asked of you. Answer them fully and directly. Do not talk too much or over-answer questions. Don't over sell your skill set.
- If present salary is asked, furnish accurate information. Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc. on the initial interview unless you are SURE the employer is interested in hiring you.
- Past Employers
- Do not criticize or come across as negative about your present or past employers.
- Be enthusiastic and friendly. Listen more than you talk – no single factor is more important in determining success in an interview.
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