10 Tips to a Successful Interview

September 14th, 2009 | Interviewing | No Comments »

  1. Smile, be enthusiastic and be early
    The outcome of many interviews is decided during the first 10 seconds of the introduction. Greet the employer with a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile. Make sure you project an enthusiastic, professional image right from the start.
  2. Complete the application in detail
    Make sure you read the directions before writing. Fill in the form neatly and completely, do not rush. Present only the facts. Do not misrepresent your educational or work experience. Make sure to always write “open” in the space provided for desired salary.
  3. Ask the employer to describe the job
    Take an active part in the interview. Ask the employer to describe the job. Listen carefully and mentally note each duty mentioned so you can refer to them later.
  4. Explain how your past experience will help you do the job
    When explaining your past experience, use specific examples that will help qualify you for the position. Refer back to the job description the employer discussed with you and highlight the skills that apply to you. Using specific examples of achievements and accomplishments will help the employer picture you successfully handling the job.
  5. A positive attitude helps
    Develop a good rapport. Speak clearly, listen closely and show interest. Body language is very important. Sit up straight in your chair, lean forward slightly and maintain eye contact.
  6. Ask meaningful questions about the position
    Employers like specific questions about the nature of the job, the company’s plans and goals, and the abilities considered most important for the position. Get involved in the interviewing process.
  7. Answer questions by speaking in terms of the position
    Mention specific accomplishments that show your abilities and determination to succeed in the job. Your answers should tell the employer why you would be an asset to the company, not why you need a job.
  8. If you want the job, ask for it
    A very simple interviewing technique is to simply ask for the job. One way to do this is to ask the employer: “Do you think I can do the job?” If the answer is “yes,” say: “Great! When can I start?”
  9. Discuss salary after the employer mentions a figure
    The employer may ask how much money you’re looking for. Respond by saying: “I’m very interested in the position and I’d like to earn as much money as I’m qualified to earn. How much would you offer someone with my qualifications?”
  10. Say “thank you” … in person and in writing
    Before leaving the interview, thank the employer for taking the time to talk to you about the position. Follow-up with a personal “thank you” note to the employer, stating once again why you would be an asset to the company and expressing your interest in the position.

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