Approach a face-to-face interview the same whether you will be meeting one person for an hour or ten people in an all-day interview. The goal of an interview is to get an offer. You can’t accept or turn down a job if it is not offered.
First Impressions: Unless you are specifically told how to dress, you should always dress professional, preferably in a dress, suit, or a coat and tie. Walk with confidence and introduce yourself clearly with a firm handshake and eye contact.
Quick Tips for Job Interviews
- When seated, keep good posture and keep eye contact.
- Be prepared to speak about anything on your resume.
- Do extensive research on the company and the position requirements in order to speak intelligently about both. If possible, speak to some current employees you may know.
When interviewing with multiple people at separate times, treat each person as a completely different interview and approach with the same manner. Walk with confidence and introduce yourself clearly with a firm handshake and eye contact.
Over the Phone
Phone interviews can be good and bad at the same time. They can provide an easy outlet for hiring authorities to get an idea of a candidate’s qualifications. However, they limit your ability to make a significant impression.
Top Tips for Phone Interviews
- Make sure you schedule the call at a time when you can be in private, preferably on a land line. Make sure there is no background noise, i.e., dogs, babies, outside noise.
- If you must take a call on your cell phone, make sure the phone is fully charged and you are in an area where you get great reception.
- Never do a phone interview while you are driving.
- When interviewing, be up and walking around, this allows the blood to flow. People think better on their feet.
- Have a glass of water ready in case your mouth gets dry.
- Make sure you have researched the company and have reviewed the job description. It is always a good idea to come up with a few questions to ask about the company. This will show that you have done your homework.
- Allow the interviewer to lead the interview. Most likely, they are conducting a phone interview to save time and have some specific topics they would like to cover.
- Answer questions fully without rambling off on a tangent. If you wish to talk a lot more about a specific topic, you can ask the interviewer, would you like me to expand in more detail?
- Make sure you listen to exactly what the interviewer is asking. If you are unsure what he or she is asking, ask them to clarify. You want to answer the right question.
- Have a copy of your resume with you, so you know what they are viewing.
- Always use appropriate language, never slang.
- Thank the interviewer for their time, let them know you are interested and ask when you can expect to hear back.
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