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Job Interviewing Tips
So, you've landed an interview with a company or firm you're very interested in working for! Congratulations! This time it's not just a "fill-in" job - it's a chance at a real career in your field, or at least a great opportunity to get going in life. Whether the company is in your home town or across the country in a metropolitan, high-rise office, there are capital rules and essential protocol to follow to make the best impression possible. Your impressive resume got you the interview; now make good on this impression by appearing just as smart during the phone, online and personal interviews.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
1. GET THE NAMES RIGHT: Take notes when a representative calls or writes; "somebody called me" is not an impressive response when you show up or call back.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Research the company as much as possible. At least know its products and customers and how your talents may contribute to their corporate goals. "What can you do for us?" may be your first question to answer.
3. HAVE YOU RESUME/PORTFOLIO HANDY: Use these as props when you're on the phone or online with a representative; they'll help you answer questions under stress. Have data in formats easily emailed to the interviewer in case you're asked to send them real time.
4. DRESS THE PART: For in-person interviews, plan to appear like you're representing the company at a meeting, not too formal, yet not in "casual Friday attire." A business suit is always appropriate. Leave the flashy jewelry at home.
5. MAKE COPIES: Take several copies of your resume with you.
6. GET THERE INTACT: Make sure you give yourself enough time to find the interview site without looking like you've come through a firefight to get there. Sweat is not cologne.
DURING THE INTERVIEW:
1. TURN OFF THE CELL PHONE: Taking a call during an interview is a real job-killer.
2. SHUT UP AND LISTEN: Don't monopolize the conversation trying to impress; there'll be time for questions after the initial briefing. Do look attentive, however.
3. BE HONEST: BS-ing won't work here. Don't waste your time or theirs attempting "extemporaneous skill building." Be thorough, but don't labor on about your life story. They have work to do.
4. ASK GOOD QUESTIONS: Good questions help both you and the interviewer discover if you're a good fit for the position. Don't take notes unless you're interviewing for a newspaper job or jotting down directions to a hotel. There's no test.
5. BE PREPARED TO COMMIT: You may be asked to "take it or leave it" on the spot. Although the job market is very, very tight, first impressions are usually correct. Consider all who will benefit from or need to sacrifice for a long-distance move, or a job requiring 2nd or 3rd shift work. Salary isn't the only consideration.
6. RESPOND QUICKLY: As soon as possible, reply with a thank-you letter; you never know what positions may come up in the future, or even by way of the particular interviewer at a different company.