interviews are alike. Standard questions, which you should be prepared
to answer include:
are you leaving your present job?
me a little about yourself.
are your strengths?
are your faults?
is your present salary?
are your salary requirements?
is the best policy in answering. Remember to focus as much as
possible on the positive aspects of your background and experience.
Instead of downgrading what you might consider a weakness, emphasize
skills you have acquired to overcome it. Emphasize what you gained
in each previous work environment
you wear and overall appearance makes an immediate impression. It
is safe to say that 'business proper' is expected at most interviews.
Dress conservatively even if the work environment is casual. Anything
you bring with you (portfolios, etc..) should be practical and neat.
- Be on
eye contact at all times, both while listening and while talking.
- Do not
what papers you need in a case. Bring extra resumes, or samples of
your work when possible. Be able to pull out what you need quickly
without riffling through a stack.
with self-confidence. Answer the interviewer's questions fully. Let
the interviewer lead you, so that you do not waste time on unsolicited
- Do not hesitate
to ask questions about the job, but remember that "what opportunities are here for career growth" will
impress the interviewer far more than "How much vacation time
do I get?" The later projects an attitude of greediness.
discuss family except briefly if asked to.
apologize for your lack of a particular skill. Instead, admit that
you don't have it, but that you are a quick study and eager to learn.
handle or touch things on the interviewer's desk. Don't read papers
on the interviewer's desk.
- Be courteous.
Shake the interviewer's hand when you leave. Thank the interviewer
for time spent and interest shown. Smile. Thank the interviewer's
secretary on the way out.
the interview write a thank you letter. Not only is this good manners,
but it helps the interviewer keep you in mind immediately and when
another opening appears.
Screens / Interviews
are preceded by phone screening. This happens on two levels. The first
is interpersonal skills. The second is technical skills.
you can learn technical skills and be pleasant to work with. If you're
unpleasant, the skills may not matter. The primary reason projects are
not completed on time and on budget is poor group dynamics.
to be ready to accept the phone call. If it is a scheduled phone call,
be prepared to use a phone in a quiet location where you are unlikely
to be interrupted. Be sure to be there at the scheduled time, and that
the phone is not in use. Do not take other phone calls or put the interviewer
an offer to be made before asking about salary and benefits, if your
assumption has been all along that the range is within your expectations.
It is not
inappropriate during a final interview to meet the people with whom
you would be working. Remember that this is where you will be spending
a considerable amount of time. It is just as important that you are
clear about your expectations and conditions as it is to your potential
employer that you meet their specifications.
You Accept The Position
day at work, like the first day of anything else, is always the hardest.
Do not, under any circumstances, begin every sentence by telling everyone
how you did things at your old job.
you are the interviewer, respond to all applicants promptly. Be sure
to extend full courtesies during the interview - be prompt and well
groomed. Shake the person's hand and let them know what to call you
right away. At the end of each interview, always let the interviewee
know when he or she will hear from you.