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Master the Interview
Transcript of Master the Interview
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*Typed reference sheet. The interview begins as soon as you arrive . Keep a professional attitude, stay calm and patient, and be friendly and polite. Read books or pamphlets that are there. A favorable or unfavorable comment by employees can be a critical in helping the interviewer make a decision. Know who you are going to see and ask for them by name. The first 5 minutes sets the tone. Greet the interviewer. Smile. Introduce yourself. Shake hands firmly and warmly. Make eye contact when speaking, but don't stare. Stand until asked to sit. Relax and sit naturally. Be prepared to make small talk. Be prepared to talk about yourself as a person. Speak in a firm, clear, confident voice. Keep a positive attitude. Practice your interview skills with someone. Let them know why your personality, education, work experience, and skills make you the best person for the job. Present your résumé. Use specific examples and stress your good points. Do not fidget. Let the employer have control. Answer questions sincerely and completely. Be aware of natural pauses to ask your questions. It's okay to ask for clarification. Don't clam up. Answer in 1-2 minutes. Don't argue; State your opinions if asked. Don't criticize others, and don't talk about your money. Ask questions about the company, their product or services. Leave the interview on a positive note. If the employer asks you to call or return for another interview, make a written note as to date, time and place. Ask when you may call to learn of his/her decision. Thank the interviewer for the interview and their time. Shake hands when you leave. Leave promptly when the interview has ended. Find out when a hiring decision will be made/next contact with the employer. If you are supposed to get a call on a certain day, make sure you are home. Make a followup call if they do not call on the specified time. If no contact is made in two weeks, you can call the interviewer to find out the status of the hiring process. Introduce/remind the interviewer why you are calling. Show patience. Ask why you didn't get the job. Ask if the employer is aware of any other job openings in your line of work. Thank them for their time and consideration. If you get the position, get the following information: When you start work? Salary? Hours of work? Shifts, overtime, benefits, vacation? Dress codes, uniforms? Write a short thank-you note to your interviewer. Tell them you appreciated their time and chance to learn more about the job. A thank-you note refers to a neatly handwritten card mailed to the organization's address. Keep your note short and restate your understanding of the next step.