Conducting A Successful Job Interview
Here are some useful tips to utilize for conducting successful job interview.
Interviewing for a new job can be very stressful. Here are some tips to make the process easier for you and ultimately more successful:
1. Dress appropriately. Even in this new era of dress-down workplaces, it is still important to make the proper first impression. Dress conservatively and neatly. If you are a woman, wear a skirt and jacket, and remember that the skirt should be fairly close to knee length. Both men and women should be careful to wear shoes that are in good condition. Remember that people notice these things.
2. Do not wear strong perfume or cologne. Why take the chance that your interviewer does not like your scent? It may turn them off to you from the beginning of your interview.
3. Be prepared. Prior to going for your interview, think of some of the questions that you might be asked. You don't want to sound as though you are reading from a script, however you do want to sound as though you are giving well thoughtout answers.
4. When introduced to your interviewer, begin with a nice firm handshake. Don't make it too strong, but a firm handshake will demonstrate confidence.
5. Never reveal anything negative about yourself. If an interviewer asks you about your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace, don't tell them that one of your weaknesses is coming in late, talking too much, etc. Rather, tell them that perhaps your weakness is that you tend to overwork. Turn that weakness into a positive.
6. Relax. Make the interview fun. Job interviewers often say that they make a determination about whether or not they will hire someone largely based on how much they like the person they are interviewing. Find something you have in common with the interviewer by asking friendly questions. Talk a bit about that thing you have in common. This will help you develop a rapport. Let them guide you back into the interviewing process.
7. Remember that you are interviewing them as well. This is a great time to be looking for a job as they are plentiful. Think about things that are important to you, and make sure this job will supply them. Don't appear desperate. The more sure of yourself you are, without being cocky, the more they will have to sell their job to you. Remember that you are a commodity.
8. Bring with you a well prepared resume. Don't make it over-wordy. Make it concise, and list all of the important job responsibilities you have had in your previous employment.
9. Know how to close the interview. Closing is perhaps the most important part of a sales job, and you are selling yourself to this interviewer. Thank them, and tell them that the job sounds most interesting, and that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon. End with another nice firm handshake.
10. Follow up the next day with a nice handwritten thank you letter. This will show the interviewer that you are thorough, and that you are indeed interested in this position.