We’ve had two posts to this point discussing interviews and proper preparation. We’ve come to the third part of our four part series.
THE EARLY BIRD…
Be sure to arrive at least 15-20 Minutes early to fill out whatever paperwork/application the company has.
If asked to fill out an application of some sort, fill it out completely and do NOT skip anything. The single most important piece of advice would be to NEVER write “see resume”. A company is looking to see if you can follow directions and not take unnecessary short-cuts. Many interviews have been blown right there.
A “LAUREL” & HARDY HANDSHAKE…
Establish the Tone with a FIRM Handshake. Skip the disgusting dead fish or leper grip. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of one of those you understand it…its pretty gross. Giving an interviewer an unsettling feeling before you’ve even said a word is almost impossible to overcome.
“WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR…BUT FEAR ITSELF…”
To eliminate that terrible “Pit feeling” people can get in their stomach during an interview, sit up straight in the chair. Put your butt all the way to the back of the chair and make sure you can feel your shoulder blades on the back of the chair as well. This does two things.
1) The slouched seating position collapses the diaphragm which will makes it more difficult to breathe & to talk which is where the “pit” feeling and nerves come from.
2) The other benefit is that when you sit up straight it lifts your chest up which creates an image of confidence and someone who is in a “Position of Authority” In other words, this situation does not intimidate you and neither will anything that is thrown at you in the course of your employment.
SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES BACK…
Be very outgoing and personable. Remember to smile…people hire those people that they like and a smile will make your interviewer feel all warm and fuzzy.
EYE ON THE PRIZE…
Make direct eye contact. Eyes darting all over the room gives interviewers the impression that you are lying… making things up or searching for something to say. You also come off looking weak and unsure of yourself.
I HAVE A RINGING IN MY EAR, DO YOU?
ABSOLUTELY shut off any cell phones or pagers!!!
DO NOT INTERRUPT THE PERSON SPEAKING WITH YOU! Remember that’s why you brought your notepad with you in the first place. When someone is speaking and they say something that you want to ask about, write down some key words and come back to it at an appropriate time.
WHAT ABOUT ME?
Under NO circumstances should you ever make personal or NEGATIVE Comments about former employers. Interviewers feel like “what would they say about me?” It’s a super NO-NO!
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