May 07, 2015 Uncategorized
Interview Preparation Tips
Wear conservative attire, minimal makeup, fragrance, and jewelry. Know yourself—strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments. An interview is not a time to “wing it.” Prepare as much as you would for a presentation to the Board of Directors of your company.
The most effective interviews are those where an active, two-way, conversation prevails, not the typical question and answer type.
First impressions, positive or negative, dramatically affect the ultimate evaluation. You can make or break an interview in the first five minutes.
Be Well Groomed!
Wearing appropriate professional attire shows awareness and respect for the employer’s environment.
Establish Your Worth!
Be able to discuss specific accomplishments that demonstrate a pro-active attitude. For example, have you installed systems? …did something not required? ….saved money?
Know Your Three Key Strengths!
Be prepared to discuss for one to two minutes each, in detail and with examples, your two or three main attributes. These should be the ultimate reason you should get the job over someone else.
Give One to Two Minute Responses!
Communication is the key to successful interviewing. A minimum of one or two minutes of well-prepared discussion provides insight into your intellect, and supports your contentions.
Support statements about yourself with specific examples. These “sinkers” provide legitimacy to your claims.
Research the Company!
Find out as much about the company as you can through annual reports, newspapers, and internet. Your effort will be evident and immediately brand you as pro-active, hardworking and astute.
Stay alert during the interview. Maintain good eye contact. Sit forward in your chair. Be animated. Show high interest level. Stay enthusiastic.
Be Neat and Thorough!
If you are asked to fill out an application,fill it out neatly and as completely as possible. The application is an example of your work.