- Always smile, be pleasant and outgoing.
- Enthusiasm cannot be understated. "I like the work I do, I
want this job. I will help your company."
- Enthusiasm manifests itself in many ways. When you have an
opportunity to speak about yourself, do so with confidence. But, don't
talk too much. Be an enthusiastic listener. Focus on the interviewer and
show attention. Everyone responds favorably to someone demonstrating
interests for what he/she is saying.
- Ask questions about the company in general terms. Do not
put the interviewer on the spot with questions he/she either cannot or
would not wish to answer. Prepare four or five open-ended probes about
the company. Well thought-out questions demonstrate your interest in the
company and, most importantly, your ability to focus on pertinent
issues involved in the job. Avoid asking questions that reflect any
concerns you man have about job security, advancement or benefits. You
must impress the interviewer with what you can do for the company, not
worry them with what you need. Dumb questions could very well eliminate a
- Consider each question as it is asked. Take time to give a
correct answer. Always be truthful--answer fully and completely, do not
volunteer any detrimental information.
- Do not appear presumptuous by saying you can "easily"
handle the job. This will make you seem overqualified for the position
or be viewed as a possible troublemaker or know it. In all probability
you will not get a job offer. You should not, however, indicate any
doubts or reservations that you can handle the job.
- Should you be asked what salary you will require, answer
with "I'm sure that your company is offering compensation commensurate
with the duties of the position." If asked you present or former salary,
DO NOT INFLATE IT. This fact can be easily verified. If you have
overstated your salary, you will not get the job. This particular ploy
for either attempting to impress or for getting a higher salary is a
major cause for failing to get jobs.
- Do not mention any bad experiences at previous jobs. Be
extremely positive about ex-employers. Prepare a sound reason for
leaving all positions held in the past.
- When the interviewer indicates that the interview is over,
follow his/her lead and exit gracefully. Do not continue to talk or ask
questions. Also keep in mind that you are being sized up in every way.
In reality, the interview is not over until you have exited the parking
lot and are completely out of sight.
- Be aware that all people in the office may be able to put
in a good word for you from their good impression.
- Know your resume thoroughly. Be prepared to elaborate in
any point contained in it. The product you are selling is you--know
- Don't feel that you must answer questions that you believe
are not job related and that appear to violate EEOC guidelines. Express
your feelings calmly and quietly and deal with them in a way that is
most comfortable to you.
- Don't use slang, especially "OK, YOU KNOW, UM," profanity,
overuse of Sir or Ma'am or use the interviewer's first name.
- Use good posture, don't slouch down in your chair, lean on
any piece of furniture. Sit up straight (you don't have to be rigid as a
statue), face the interviewer and don't chew gum or eat candy or mints.
- Establish good eye contact. Smile, be enthusiastic. Speak
clearly and slowly; vary the tone and volume of your speech.
- Be neat and clean with conservative dress. Apply cosmetics
and perfume scents lightly.
- Be honest and sincere.
- Go to bed early the night before the interview so that you
are well rested and alert.
Be prepared for at least one surprise question, such as: "What can I
do for you?
Tell me about yourself. Why are you interested in this company?" You can
subject away from personal matters by asking questions about the company
and the job.
Make sure that your assets are revealed. if necessary, direct the
highlight your strong points.
If the question of salary makes you feel uncomfortable, you can
return the question
to the interviewer: How much did you have in mind? But you should know
what your minimum
requirements are and what the average salaries are for workers with
qualifications comparable to your own.
If you are offered a job and are not sure you want it, ask for time
to think about
it. Accepting a job and then changing your mind will leave a bad taste
in many mouths.