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Master the Interview

CSB 2012-2013 "Ace the Interview"

Jen Charles

on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of Master the Interview

Master the Interview Prepare Yourself General Tips Research the employer and company information. Know the Job The focus should be you, not on your clothes. What to Wear Note the name of the interviewer, times for future interviews and other pertinent information. What to Bring Don't smoke or chew gum while waiting. Arriving at the Interview Videotape yourself in an interview situation. Introduce Yourself Exchange Information Thank the receptionist. Closing the Interview Thank the employer, even if you didn't get the job. Following Up If you'd like to add something you forgot to say in the interview, this is the time and place. Following Up+ by Jen Lippe Spend time making yourself presentable. What you wear can make or break it. Be prepared to know the company/position and explain your assets. The interview starts when you walk in the door; Don't go empty handed and make a good first impression. Be prepared with sleep, clothes, and neatness; Know where you are going, and be on time. Be positive and ready to answer questions, like why you want to work for the company Know about the job duties and responsibilities and what you have to offer. Have your résumé and be prepared to give references. Allow at least one hour for the interview. Get information about the company/position. (Only use the information when it fits the conversation.) Business of the employer? Duties and responsibilities? Position qualifications? Skills looked for? Who are the customers? Reputation of the employer? Physical requirements? Who will be interviewing you? How many? Basic duties and desired qualifications? Visit/observe the environment. Sample their products or merchandise. Always wear clean and neat clothing. Use deodorant, not perfume or cologne. Have fresh breath, clean teeth and clean, brushed hair. Facial hair: Clean-shaven or neatly-trimmed. ***Tips for Men Business: A suit jacket, dress pants, shirt and tie, socks and polished shoes. Avoid loud colors. Less public contact: A sports jacket or a sweater, a shirt with a collar, dress pants only, and polished shoes. ***Tips for Women Avoid odd colors, too much makeup, nail polish, and too long of nails. Simple clothes and quiet colors are most suitable. No tight clothes, see-through tops, or short skirts. Nylons and low-heeled shoes are great for, office, sales, public contact and customer service jobs. Take a pen and paper. Don't take too much. Carry a small folder that has: *Copies of your résumé.
*Copies of leters of recommendation.
*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.
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