THE INTERVIEW PROCESS (PART DEUX)

We started off our discussion of interview prepartaion and talked about the Six P’s and bringing your resume as well as turning the tables on the interviewer. We’ll look at the last two key elements to the preparation side of things and then talk a little bit about the interview itself.

DON’T BE A POLITICIAN… WHEN ASKED, STAY ON TOPIC…

It is important not to ask questions on ANY topic that’s already been addressed in your meeting – unless you’re looking for clarification. Then simply state that “we spoke about (whatever) earlier and I was looking for a little more information about…” 

ALWAYS REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET…I FORGOT…

Remember to bring your notepad, resumes and questions into the interview with you.

Those are some pretty simple tips to add to your repetoire.

Now let’s talk a little about the interview itself.

STYL’IN & PROFIL’IN…

For Men: Wear a professional, conservative business suit and tie (NO jacket and dress slacks) Please be clean shaven and go easy on the cologne if you use it, no earrings or other distracting jewelry.

For Women: Wear a professional conservative business suit, or appropriate length skirt or dress (knee length or lower) or dress slacks and blouse…nothing exposing too much flesh. Use Conservative Make-Up and go easy on the perfume and no distracting jewelry. 

YOU’VE GOT SOME NERVE…

FIRST, remember there is no need to be nervous. You are simply two people talking and you are not there to beg. Remember, they need to sell you on being with their company as much as you need to sell them on hiring you

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”…

Be honest and truthful in the interview at all times. You won’t have any nervousness because you will always say the same thing. It also establishes what you would hope would be an honest relationship with the company. Have the attitude that if you are forthright and honest and then you do not get the job, it’s their loss. 

AGAIN, always answer questions honestly and truthfully. If they ask you a question that you don’t know the answer to, do not try to make something up. Companies will often ask you something they already know the answer to and are trying to see if you will answer honestly or not. If you don’t know the answer, simply say “I DON’T KNOW.”  Never leave that hanging  alone though. Follow it up with either: “I only need to be shown things once…”or better yet, in your own words tell the interviewer how and what steps you will take to obtain and provide them the answer.

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“I will have that answer for you by (fill in the blank)” and then make sure you do!

There are more elements coming in our next report… In the meantime, tell your friends about our site and feel free to leave us questions that you might be having regarding your job search and perhaps we can help…

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