Interview Techniques

PREPARATION FOR INTERVIEW

1. Find out specific facts about the company - where its offices or stores are located, growth of the company, what products or services the firm has to offer, etc.

2. Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview. REMEMBER, an interview is a "two way street". The employer will try to determine through questioning you if you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. You must determine through questioning whether the company will give you the opportunity for growth and advancement. Ask questions regarding various areas, such as: describe position, reason position is open, type of training offered, company growth plans, and what career plan you could expect.

3. Dress for success in a conservative, dark business suit (black, navy, or earthtones work best). Shirt or blouse should be solid color or simple patterns. Jewelry should accent outfit and not be flashy.

SOME DO'S AND DON'TS

1. DO plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are going to be late, please call!

2. If presented with an application, DO fill it out completely. DON'T relax and rely on your application or resume to do your selling for you. Be thorough!

3. DO greet the interviewer by their surname. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. SMILE! Shake hand firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet them and they will respond in kind.

4. DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair, look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. SMILE - it's contagious.

5. DO follow the interviewer's lead, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and duties to you early in the interview so that you can relate your background skills and accomplishments to the position.

6. DON'T answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Explain whenever possible. SELL YOURSELF.

7. DO make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner. STRESS ACHIEVEMENTS.

8. DO answer all questions truthfully, frankly and as "to the point" as possible. Don't ramble on to other subjects.

9. NEVER make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers.

10. DON'T inquire about salary, vacation, bonuses, retirement, etc. on the first interview. If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you've earned in the past, but stress that you are more interested in the opportunity than in a specific salary.

11. DO always conduct yourself as if you are going to get the job you are interviewing for. Never close the door on opportunity. It is better to be in a position where can choose from a number of jobs rather than only one. GO FOR THE OFFER!

HOW TO CLOSE THE INTERVIEW

1. If you are interested in the position, ask for it or ask for the next interview. If you feel this could be the job for you, say something like this - "Mr./Ms. Employer, I'm very impressed with what I've seen here today. I am confident I can do an excellent job for your company. How soon can I start?" Enthusiasm is contagious!

2. If you feel the interview is not going well, don't let your discouragement show. Many interviewers try to maintain a neutral front during the interview process to avoid giving false hope to a candidate.

3. Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. Be sure to answer the two questions uppermost in their mind: (a) Why you are interested in the company and position; (b) What you can offer to the company. To explore opportunities in your area of expertise, submit your online application for immediate consideration.