Your goal on interviews is to persuade the employers that you have skills, background and ability to do the job, and that you can comfortably fit into they organization

Job Interview Tips - Do!

Winning at the job interviews

DO's

  • Do look your best. Dress better than you would if you actually got the job. If possible, visit the place where you may be working to observe how they dress - and dress slightly better than the staff does for your interview.
  • Do be positive.
  • Do turn off your cellphone before an interview.
  • Do know something about the company. It is a good idea to be able to comment about the company's products, service and history. By doing some homework in this area, you can show the interviewer that you are really interested in their company. Visit the company ahead of time, talk to the staff and collect brochures or price lists. Phone the company and talk to the receptionist, ask her questions - many of these people are happy to tell you whatever you want to know about the company that they work for.
  • Do practise before an interview your few-sentence "speech" about who you are and what you do.
  • Do extend your hand to greet the interviewer. Shaking hands is polite - give a firm, not weak handshake.
  • Do smile lightly showing your friendly face.
  • Do have a few relevant questions to ask. These questions should deal directly with the responsibilities of the job and business plan of the company. Come prepared and have them written down so you can refer to them.
  • Do use common language and be yourself. Presenting yourself as someone you are not is a difficult act to keep up indefinitely.
  • Do sit up straight and lean towards the interviewer. Good body language is a must. It not only helps to make a good impression on the interviewer, but also helps to personally motivate you in the delivery of your /sales pitch' about your skills and special qualities.
  • Do be polite and on your best behavior. Remember that even if you don't want this job, the interviewer might be the owner or best friends with the next place to which you apply.
  • Do answer every question clearly. When you are asked a confusing question, try your best to clarify the matter and then give your answer. If you cannot answer a question, just say so.
  • Do ask for the job. If you really want the position and feel that you have the qualifications for it, then show the interviewer your feelings and ask for the job. You get more if you ask for it (if you don't ask you may not get it).
  • Do say thank you and remember to shake hands. A handshake is a good way to end the interview on a positive note.
  • Do send a thank you letter to the interviewer(s). Surprisingly, this is a practice that few people follow, yet it can be a very successful job strategy. Thank them, add any points that you feel were missed during the interview and assure the employer that you will be able to do the job better than anyone else. Such an approach can't hurt your chances so why not try it. It may give you the extra edge that you need to come out a winner from the interview.
  • Do bring your references. Provide the employer with your list of references and any letters that may help verify and support your background as it relates to the job for which you are applying.
  • Remember, these same keywords you used in your resume will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only do you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to verbally communicate about them as well, in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

Check also the interview don'ts in the job interview tips.


art_remember Job Interview Tips DoAlways ask questions because this demonstrates your prior research and interest in the job, except questions about salary or benefits unless the interviewer broaches the subject first

art_tip Job Interview Tips DoDo not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for and maintain eye contact while talking with someone

Other Job Interview Tips Info

Hopefully you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:

This will probably be your first direct contact with the company and will give you an insight into it's workings and the chance to meet with it's personnel to see if it is a place that you would like to work.

Whilst interviews can be nerve wracking experiences, you should remember that the interviewer is only human and it is possible that s/he is nervous also.

The job interviews are your chance to back up in person everything that the employer has read about you in your CV, Curriculum Vitae, resume, cover letter or job application.

These same keywords you used in your resume, CV or cover letter will be the foundation for your job interview. You must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

If you are prepared for the job interview, dress and behave as in dress codes, you will be able to promote your qualifications effectively as you respond to questions, particularly about yourself, why you want the job and what you can contribute to the company

Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

Good luck with job interview tips!

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