The person who gets the job may not necessarily be the most qualified; he or she may simply be the one who knows HOW to get a job. These interview tips can help you; but we recommend that you use our interview coaching service to truly see the results of being thoroughly prepared.
If we could give you two words of advice, they would be, “Be yourself.” This is never more important than in the job hunting process. Examine your best attributes and think about HOW to sell yourself in the marketplace.
Research the company. We can’t stress this enough. Find out as much as possible about the industry, how it is changing, who the president of the company is, and how long the organization has been in business. If you can, show the company that you can help solve problems.
- Practice mock interviews with a Career Coach. Pinpoint your weaknesses and work diligently to improve your technique.
- Dress for success to make a favourable first impression. Don’t underestimate the importance of this.
- Shine your shoes, as many candidates forget to do so.
- Shake hands firmly, and don’t take a seat until asked.
- Don’t slouch, and always maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s). Remember to smile.
- Bring at least three copies of your professionally prepared resume, as well as a list of references on matching letterhead.
- Speak in a firm, confident voice and always show a positive attitude.
- Maintain a professional image before, during, and after the interview.
- Relax and be yourself, but don’t forget that the person sitting on the other side of the desk could be your future boss.
- Allow the interviewer to describe the position and its responsibilities early in the interview. Then, you can tailor your accomplishments specifically to that position.
- Ask relevant questions during the interview.
- The meeting should be a two-way communication; it’s important to develop a rapport with the interviewer.
- Understand that nervousness is normal; prepare for it, and maintain a calm appearance.
- Do not make any negative comments about your present or former employers.
- Limit your comments to what is absolutely necessary.
- Let the interviewer bring up salary first. A candidate who talks about salary first will not get the job.
- Always send a thank-you and follow-up letter; this is an important step in the job search process.
- Before and after the interview, remember that enthusiasm and interest make a difference during the job-search process.
A powerful resume = job interviews = job offers!
“If You Are Not Happy With the Results Your Resume is Generating Then Act Now to Change Your Future”
We look forward to partnering with you in the future,
Candace Davies ACCC, CRW, CIC, CPRW, CEIP, CECC
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