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Interview tips

You have already been invited for an interview. What to do now?

Be prepared

For all jobs interview you have to be prepare. If it's possible start with researching a company and people you will meet there. Find company web sites – read carefully parts like About Us, Company, Products etc. Put your interviewer name at search machine and get know something about him/her.

Have all your facts ready - review your work experiences, prepare answers for potential questions, etc. Think about examples where you have already used skills useful for new position. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

Rehearse for interview situation with your family or friend - they will tell you if you are talking too loud or too quickly, if your answers and questions are easy to understood, if your sentences are too long. It will make more confident. You can also record your practicing at video and than re-tape to see your mistakes.

Nearly before interview prepare emotionally - make some physic activities you like (dance, go for walk, practice yoga etc) Thing about something nice while driving to the interview or simply sing your favourite song. But remember - it's normal to be little bit nervous.

Etiquette

Wear suitable interview clothes but be conservative in dressing. If company doesn't have any dress code, it's better to be overdressed than underdressed. Your hair, nails and clothes should be clean. What to wear?

Men
  • Solid colour suit
  • Long sleeve shirt white or coordinated with suit
  • Tie, coordinated belt, dark socks
  • Leather shoes
  • Light after-shave or cologne
Women
  • Suit (not too short skirt – you have to sit comfortable)
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative pantyhose and shoes
  • Light perfume and make-up

Try your outfit day before. Make sure your suit is clean your shoes are polished. Don't forget about professional hairstyle, clean nails and limited jewellery – eliminate piercing (earring are ok), cover your tattoos.

Do not chew gum, smoke, or eat garlic beforehand. Take a breath mint with you and use it nearly before enclosing. Your mp3 player leave at home.

Never be late - arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes before interview. But don't arrive too early - it could throw off interviewer schedule and this is not good beginning for you. Turn off your pager and cell phone before coming in. And take some copies of your CV with you.

Make good first impression - be assertive, give a firm handshake to each interviewer and greet the interviewer by his/her last name and try to pronounce it correctly.

Interview

Look alert and interested, be quiet and focus. Speak clearly avoiding slang and such phrases - ".'"You know", "uh"'." and so on. Answer briefly, do not talk too much but even to little. Remember - you should speak one-third to half of the time. Do not talk all the time about yourself - ask questions and try to dry out your interviewer.

Be in eye contact with interviewer - if it makes you nervous try to look at his/her nose or at the ".'"third eye"'." between the eyes.

The most important thing in interview is timing. Every problem or question has the right time. For example - do not start talking about salary - let interviewer do this. If he asked for it too early, just say you would wait for more information or ask for a range budget for the position.

Questions

Coming on Interview you have to expect some questions. You should be asked for information about your last job – what were your position, your responsibilities, and major’s problems and finally why have you leaved your last job or why have you been fired. Don't use strong negative words for your last boss or co-workers. Be tactic – bring up your weakness before you're asked for it.

Some questions should be about you – tell something about yourself, why are you looking for a new job, how do you handle stress and deadlines, what motivates you, your salary exceptions, your weak and strong points, what other positions are you considering.

Remember that some questions are illegal. Interviewer can't ask you about your religion, sexuality, number and age of your children. Don't answer it directly, respond professionally – it's more effective than saying an interviewer that he is breaking law.

Interviewer can also ask what you know about company you want to work for, why do you want to get this job, why should they hire you... He can even ask questions about your future – what are your goals for next few years or what are you looking for in new job.

At the end of an interview is time for you to ask some questions. Don't say “I have no questions” Here are some things you should ask about – why is this position open, responsibilities of this position, typical work week, possibilities of advance, why do you like working here and what do you want to change, how much travelling is expected and many others. The point is to demonstrate your interest.

Never ask questions like “Did I get a job?”, “What does this company do?” or “When can I take time off for vacation”.

Thank You Note

You get over an interview and you thing there is nothing to change? Mistake. There's one more thing you can do - write a ".'"thank you"'." note to an interviewer. As soon as possible write an e-mail or letter straight to interviewer and do not forget to describe a position and your contact information’s. Thank for his time and write that you are looking forward soon contact. Do this even if you don't want this job – may be in future you will change your mind or somebody important for you will read it.

Don't forget to check spelling and grammar. If you are not sure about interviewer name or title call the office to check it.

Second Interview

You've made it into second round? Great. Now you will be probably introduced to co-workers – try to make a personal connection with each of them. You can also meet management or executives. To know what you have to expect ask your interviewer how will it looks like.

Try getting more information’s about company – use Internet and personal contacts. Your advantage is if you have contacts from first interview inside a company – use it.

Practice interviewing one more time – you should be asked for the same questions. Here's also place for your questions – ask for company structure or detail description of your job.

Now you know how people in company are dressing – use this information to fit your dress, but remember to dress professionally.

You have to prepare for lunch or dinner. Order something easy to eat and non-alcoholic drinks. Get your manners perfect.

On second interview you may be offered for job. You don't have to answer immediately, think about it really hard, if you're not sure don't take this job. Ask for some time to think about it.

Don't forget about writing Thank you note to everyone you have met.

Did you get your job? Congratulations. You didn't? May be this job wasn't right for you. Or if you are sure that you are perfect for this job write a letter – remind all your positives and let them know that you are still interested.

Anyway if it doesn't work don't be disappointed and try to look at this as a learning experience.

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