you're dressed, you're armed. Now it's time to put it all out
Plan to show
up 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. When you arrive,
take care to let the receptionist know who you are. Be friendly
to this person; it's a little known fact that receptionists actually
run the industrialized world. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration,
but they do have ways of helping or hindering you.
When you meet
your interviewer(s), smile, offer a firm handshake and introduce
yourself. Don't assume that they have your name memorized (although
that's likely the case). Don't take a seat until offered one.
being interviewed by more than one person at a time, shift eye
contact from one to the other as you speak and listen. And don't
address your interviewer by his or her first name unless invited
to do so.
out one-word answers or extended monologues. Try to keep your
comments to a paragraph or two. If you're asked a question you
don't understand, request clarification.
preparation. Use anecdotes from your professional experience to
illustrate points you want to make.
Do NOT criticize
current or former employers or colleagues. That automatically
raises a red flag for the interviewer, in that you will sound
like a malcontent. On the contrary, speak well of your employers
and co-workers. If you're asked to explain why you have left,
or are leaving, a job, show respect for that employer, even as
you cite lack of advancement opportunity, reductions in force
or whatever other reasons you have.
interviewer make a comment with which you don't agree, don't argue.
And give opinions only when asked to do so. Expect
a list of questions like this:
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to work here?
Why did you leave your last job?
What are your best skills?
What are your major weaknesses?
Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
What are your career goals?
What can you do for us that someone else can't?
How do you think your education has prepared you for this position?
How do you handle stress?
Is business travel a problem for you?
to everything the interviewer says. When you can, reflect back
some of his or her comments in your answers. That shows you're
listening, then you are engaged in the exchange.
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