Interview Checklist by C7rBS677


									                                         Interview Checklist

Before the Interview
       Check location, time, date, and name of interviewer
       Research the company
       Prepare answers to common interview questions, especially ones that may be difficult
       Practice interviewing and ask someone to critique your performance
       Determine salary expectations
       Dress appropriately and present a clean appearance
       Take extra copies of your résumé
       Arrive on time

During the Interview
   Be prepared to shake hands when you introduce yourself to the interviewer
   Remember the interviewer’s name and use it during the interview
   Recognize that the interview is a conversation, not an interrogation, it is your meeting
   Maintain good eye contact and smile
   Listen carefully and respond appropriately to questions
   Ask intelligent questions to show you are interested in the job
   Have 3-5 questions ready for the end of the interview
   Don’t initiate money or benefits conversation until you have a job offer, but be prepared to
    a salary when the subject is raised
   Answer questions fully, but don’t dominate the conversation
   Maintain good posture and present a positive attitude with a confident self-image
   Don’t lie and don’t discuss negative issues pertaining to past employers and workers
   Ask about the employer’s requirements for the position and explain how you will meet them
   Convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job by carefully presenting
    technical skills, general abilities, and personality traits
   Close the interview by asking for the job
   Find out when to follow up

After the Interview
       Send a thank you letter reasserting your interest, qualifications, and how you will be a
        solution to their staffing needs
       Follow up in a timely manner
       If you are not selected, call and ask why you were not selected and if they could provide a
        critique of what you did well and not so well during the interview


1.   Tell me about yourself?
     (Transferable skills, how well you get along with people, hobbies.)

2.   Why should we hire you?
     (Transferable skills, I’m the best person for the job; give examples of work experience.)

3.   What are your strong points?
     (Transferable skills, I’m detail oriented, I have good communication skills, and I’m a team

4.   What are your weak points?
     (Spin negatives into positives: "I have a hard time delegating work, but I have been working
     to resolve this. I like to do everything myself, but I have learned that I have my
     responsibilities, and need to let others be responsible for their own work when it is
     delegated to them.")

5.   What did you dislike about your last job?
     (Nothing, I enjoyed my responsibilities and I related very well with my co-workers.)

6.   What did you like about your last job?
     (I related very well with my co-workers; I enjoyed being busy and I enjoyed what I was

7.   What qualities do you bring to this job?
     (Transferable skills, I’m punctual, I enjoy helping others, I’m very flexible and I work great
     under pressure.)

8.   What job-related skills do you bring to this job?
     (Transferable skills, I’m able to work on multiple tasks. I have great customer service skills.
     I can type 50 words per minute.)

9.   Can you follow directions?     (Yes! Give an example.)

10. Can you work without supervision? Explain.
    (Yes! I’m always on time. I get my work done. And I take the initiative to help others when
    my own work has been completed.)

11. How soon would you be able to start if you were hired?
    (Immediately! Or give a specific date.)

12. Why do you want this job?
    (Transferable skills, and relate your job skills. Make sure you find out about the company
    and position before the interview.)

13. What kind of work are you looking for?
    (You’re looking for the job that you’re presently interviewing for.)

14. Have you ever done this kind of work before?
    (Yes or no, stress how easily you can learn the job. Mention skills from other jobs that you
    can relate to the position you’re applying for.)

15. Why did you leave your last job?
    (Lack of work. Seeking advancement. Career change. Went back to school.)

16. Can you tell me why there are gaps in your work history or work record?
    (I went back to school/I had a health condition; no longer a problem. There was a family
    emergency; no longer a problem.)

17. Why do you want this job when your qualifications are over and beyond the requirements
    for this job? (Because I understand that when starting in a new company I might need to
    start from the bottom in order to learn as much as I can about the company before I can

18. How would you describe yourself?
    (Transferable skills, I’m honest, a team player, very flexible and willing to learn.)

19. What accomplishments gave you the greatest satisfaction?
    (Getting my G.E.D.; Receiving an award, high school diploma, certification, or degree.)

20. What was your worst mistake?
    (Dropping out of high school, but I’ve gone back to get my G.E.D. Not finishing college…)

                     Sample Answers to the Preceding Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself?
I have a MBA with a concentration in human resources from St Xavier Graduate School of
Management. I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois UniversityI in
Speech Communications and Pre-Law with supporting coursework in Rhetoric and Business.
I have 6 progressive years of experience in human resources and the field of healthcare. I
have great interpersonal skills and am a person of integrity.

2. Why should we hire you?
I am a leader by nature and I am efficient at assessing situations and solving problems. I
have the knowledge skills and abilities needed to successfully coordinate projects and
implement change that is necessary.

3. What are your strong points?
 I am professional at all times, I give great attention to detail, and I am a team player and

4. What are your weak points?
In the past, I had a hard time delegating because I liked things to be done properly the first
time. However, I learned how to delegate assignments according to my counterpart’s

5. What did you dislike about your last job?
 I would have appreciated the opportunity for continued growth within the organization.

6. What did you like about your last job?
I really enjoyed the company’s culture. We worked well as a team and celebrated
accomplishments like a family.

7. What qualities do you bring to this job?
I am innovative and an effective communicator. I am a quick learner, great multi-tasker and I
definitely have what it takes to support and carry out the vision of this company.

8. What job-related skills do you bring to this job?
I bring superb management, research and writing skills. I also recognize the importance of
sharing information so that others can excel. In addition, I possess technical skills,
interpersonal skills, and computer skills.

9. Can you follow directions?
Yes. In my last position the CEO was really impressed with how well I listened to his
instructions and produced the results that he was seeking.

10. Can you work without supervision?
Yes. I work best when my superiors trust me enough to perform well without their
supervision. I know this is what they expect.

11. How soon would you be available to start if you were hired?
As soon as possible.

12. Why do you want this job?
I would like to utilize my management skills and apply the knowledge supported by my MBA
to assist this company in excelling beyond measures expected.

13. What kind of work are you looking for?
I seek a position where I am responsible for the duties of Director of Human Resources
where I can support my team in generalist duties as well.

14. Have you ever done this kind of work before?
Yes, my last position was very similar to this one and I performed exceptionally well in that

15. Why did you leave your last job?
I was laid off due to economic hardship.

16. Can you tell me why there are gaps in your work history or work record?
There are no gaps.

17. Why do you want this job when your qualifications are over and beyond the
    requirements for the job?
I realize that when starting in a new company, I may need to start at the bottom in order to
learn as much as I can in order to advance.

18. How would you describe yourself?
I am a visionary, results-driven, very flexible and willing to learn.

19. What accomplishments gave you the great satisfaction?
Receiving my MBA full time while working full time displayed my since of discipline. Also, in
my last position, I served as the company’s compliance officer receiving a 99% on our on-site

20. What was your worst mistake?
Honestly, I don’t have any regrets. I am progressively moving forward and excited about it.

             A good weakness is actually a STRENGTH - Here are a Few examples:

       I can get impatient when other people don’t work as quickly as I do. But I try to just pay
        attention to my own work and not be concerned about anyone else.

       I can get impatient when other people don’t work hard. But I’ve learned to just let them do
        their job and focus on my tasks at hand

       I have a tendency to take on additional work assignments; subsequently, I have to be
        careful not to take on more than I can handle. I have learned to focus on successfully
        completing my current assignments.

       Sometimes I tend to be a people-pleaser, causing me to have trouble saying no to people.
        I have learned to be careful not to assume a co-workers duties and responsibilities.

       Procrastination: I’d put things off; however, I’ve learned that it’s better to complete tasks
        quickly; Now, I like to accomplish my tasks as soon as possible. I’ve gotten in the habit of
        making a "things to do" list and calendaring them to be sure that everything gets done.

       Education: I feel that I am lacking skills in or a degree in the following area; however, I am
        currently working on obtaining the training and certification which will make me a greater
        asset to my employer. I believe in life-long learning in order to keep my skills up-to-date.

       I’m a very neat person and sometimes this can bother people. I’m always straightening
        things and keeping order. After awhile, people usually just joke with me about it. I do like
        to keep my office and workstation neat, orderly, and safe.

       I sometimes forget to go to lunch or leave work on time. I enjoy working and get involved;
        sometimes it’s hard for me to leave until I have completed my projects; however, I have
        learned to pace myself and balance my work and personal life.

Note: These are only examples. Create your own questions with answers in your own words.
Do not use one of these examples if it is not true, or you’ll have difficulty answering if the
interviewer asks for details or examples. Be prepared for answers that are not listed here,
especially behavioral questions that ask you would handle a specific job related task that might
arise while on the job.

Telephone Interviews

Many employers conduct telephone interviews to screen candidates for basic qualifications. It is
also an alternative when it is not practical to invite an out-of-area candidate to the office.
Telephone interviews can be challenging because it is more difficult to gain rapport with the
interviewer because you cannot see the interviewer's non-verbal reactions and cues.
Conversely, the interviewer cannot see your enthusiastic expressions or professional
appearance. This places all the weight on your phone manners, clarity of speech, voice tone and
the content of your answers.
Here is a quick tip list for excelling at a telephone interview:
        Treat the phone interview as you would a face-to-face interview.
      Select a quiet, private room with a telephone in good working condition.
      Conduct a mock telephone interview with a friend to gain feedback on your voice quality
       and speech.
      Before the interview, prepare talking points for the call including value you bring to the
       company and specific questions.
      Arrange the following items: your resume, cover letter, copy of application if you
       submitted one, highlights of corporate information and brief talking points.
      Dress in business attire.
      Breathe deeply and relax. Speak slowly, clearly and with purpose. Smile, it changes your
       speech and the person on the other end can sense it.
      Write down the full names and titles of each call participant. Take notes when
      Be courteous and try not to speak over the interviewer. If you do, apologize and let the
       interviewer continue.
      Support your statements with detailed examples of accomplishments when possible. It is
       easy for someone to get distracted on a phone call, so paint a vivid picture to keep the
       interviewer interested.
      Explain any pauses in your speech to ponder a question or take notes. If you think of a
       question or comment while the interviewer is speaking, jot a note on your talking points
       list, so you remember it later.
      During the interview, if the interviewer inadvertently answers a question from your
       prepared list, cross it off. If you forget and ask it, it will seem as if you were not listening.
      Offer to provide additional information or answer other questions.
      Use your talking points list of specific skills and accomplishments; cross them off as you
       work them into the conversation. At the end, if you have some uncrossed items, you
       might say something like, "I thought you might be interested to know I led a major
       conversion project, quite similar to what you are planning. I managed a $2.5 million
       budget and completed it 45 days early, saving over $48,000."
      Before ending the call, be sure you know the next step in the process, and offer to provide
       any additional information needed.
      Do not hang up until the interviewer has hung up.
Promptly send a formal follow-up / thank you letter, just as you would for a face-to-face

Be Ready to Answer the Top 10 Interview Questions
Your best weapon to mastering the job interview is to practice, practice, practice your answers to
the most commonly asked questions by employers. The most certain way to sabotage your
chances to win over a potential employer is to try and wing the interview. Your answers can
appear aimless and without direction, making you look unprepared or worse, unqualified.

Don’t risk the future of your career by flying by the seat of your pants. Prepare yourself by
developing answers to the most commonly asked questions:

1. Tell Me a Little Something About Yourself.

This is probably one of the most dreaded questions of all time. We quiver and sweat in our seats
wondering what the employer really wants to know. Hey, relax! For starters, this is a great
opportunity for you to sell yourself to the employer. Talk about your key accomplishments and
strengths and how these factors will benefit the employer in the desired position. Write down
ahead of time what you plan to say; perfect it; then practice it every chance you get.

2. Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Job?

This question is basically a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It appears harmless enough, but it can
damage your potential in a heartbeat if you’re not careful. By all means, keep your answers to
this question as positive as possible. Above all, do not dwell on how much you hate your current
boss! The interviewer wants to hire a team player to the position, not a negative and vindictive

3. Are You Still Employed and If Not, Why Not?

If you are, great, but if you aren’t, you can still use your answer to this question to shine a light
on your positive features. For example, if you were laid off or terminated, focus less on the
actual termination and more on what you learned from the whole process. You’ll look mature
and wise in the employer’s eyes!

4. Do You Have Any Budgeting Experience?

If you haven’t, be honest; but you can answer in a way that shows that you have had some
exposure to adhering to a budget—on a project, for example. If you do have budgeting
experience, discuss your fiscal responsibility.

5. Have You Ever Managed Anyone?

This question is most important to those who are seeking a supervisory type of position. If you
have managerial experience, elaborate on how many people you have supervised and what their
positions were in the spectrum of the organizational chart. However, if you haven’t had direct
managerial practice, talk up how much you were a part of the decision process of a team
project, or how you organized volunteers for a fundraiser.

6. What Are Your Strengths as an Employee?

To adequately answer this question, you need to be aware of the strengths you possess in the
following areas: personality, experience, and skills. Once that information is known, match your
strengths to the requirements of the position for which you are interviewing.

7. What Are Your Weaknesses?

Obviously, no one likes to admit that they have any weaknesses, especially in front of a potential
employer. So what do you do? You can provide ONE trait about yourself that is the least
important to the position. Refrain from canned responses such as you are a perfectionist or a

8. Discuss How You Make Important Decisions.

If you are interviewing for a supervisory role, you definitely want to come across as someone
who is able to ask for input from others, yet is comfortable making the final decisions. Also,
consider the type of position and company. For example, is it a budgetary role at a financial
institution? In that case, you probably will want to emphasize that you exercise great care and
caution when making big decisions.

9. Where Do You Want to Be Five Years From Now?

Suffice it to say, do not answer this question with, “Retired.” Keep your answers positive and
simple, with just a tinge of ambition. Think along the lines of a “motivated” versus “rat race”

10. What Have Been the Biggest Accomplishments of Your Career so Far?

Focus on accomplishments that directly relate to the open position. Discuss the challenge you
were presented with, your actions, and the end result. Did you streamline processes? Devise a
way to increase customer satisfaction? Were you recognized by management for your efforts?
The way you answer this question will distinguish you from other applicants since your answer
will require you to go beyond the basic job responsibilities.


As you can see, the interview is more than just showing up on time in the right clothes. It is your
best and only opportunity to convince an employer that he or she should hire you. If you were
selected for an interview, consider yourself lucky because you are halfway to the finish line.
Make sure you are prepared with relevant and well-thought-out answers to bring in a home run
- Linda Matias

The Top 10 Questions Most Often Asked by Interviewers

To be prepared for an interview it is helpful to have an understanding of the questions you may
be asked and to have prepared answers for them. As you read the questions below, think of
adaptations to these and then answer them. You may want to say your answers out loud while
looking in a mirror to see how you look and sound. Another great tip is to record your answers
into a tape recorder and then play it back and see what it sounds like. Practice your answers
and then go take charge of your career and get the job you want and find the employer you want
to work for! If you need help, call the Comprehensive Coach at 215-699-4949. Good luck!
1. Which supervisors have you found easiest to work with and which have been most

This is to judge your adaptability.

2. What did you like best and least about your previous job?
Checking your administration and management skills.

3. Have you ever had to get a point across to different types of people? Give me an
   example and tell me what approach did you take?

Finding out about your communication skills.
4. Describe a work-related problem you had to face recently. What did you do to deal
   with it?

Decision making skills tested.

5. Give me an example of a time you did more than what was required in your job.

Seeking initiative.

6. Give me an example of a time you found it necessary to make an exception to the
   rules in order to get something done.

How is your integrity?

7. What was the best decision you ever made? What were the alternatives? How did you
   go about making it?

Checking your judgment.

8. Tell me about a time you had to gain the cooperation of a group over which you had
   little or no authority. What did you do? How effective were you?


9. Have you ever had trouble learning a new method or procedure? How did you deal
   with that situation?

Investigating your learning ability.

10. Tell me about a problem you have had that would affect more than one department.
    How did you try to solve it?

For organizational cooperation.
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Five Questions to Always Ask on an Interview

These five questions go beyond the obvious ones, such as the title of the job, the job description,
to whom it would be reporting, and other such basic questions. In fact, it's unlikely you'll even
need to ask those questions, as they're usually outlined for you.
With some preparation and thought, you should be able to easily come up with 15 - 20 first-
interview questions to ask. But these five - in some form - should always be asked. Not only will
they help you to ascertain if the job for which you are interviewing meets the criterion of your
perfect job, but the answers, when put together, will give you a fairly accurate picture of what's
really going on behind the interview

1. What are the priorities that will need to be addressed immediately in this position?

A title alone tells you nothing. The job description won't reveal much either, except whether or
not you're capable of doing what's required functionally on a daily basis. For the same reason
that you put your accomplishments on your resume - and not just the job description - here, too,
you want to get a sense of the individuality of this job in this company.
Was everything left running smoothly? Is it pretty much picking up and continuing daily functions
as normal? Or is there damage control that needs to be done? If so, is there a time line for the
repair, and is it an achievable one considering your capabilities? Is it realistic regardless of who
holds the position?
If you don't have any information, this will begin to clue you in about both the supervisor and the
previous employee. If you have been provided with some detail already, then the answer should
track with what you've already learned.

2. How long was the previous person here? Why did they leave?

Generally, in answering the first part, the interviewer will answer the second part as well. But if
they don't, then ask it. And if that person was there an oddly short time, you also want to know
how long the person before that was there.
See where I'm going with this? If the job is in disarray, and the last two people were there a
short period of time and were fired, you don't need to ask any of the other questions here. Exit
gracefully and then run! Because before long, you, too, will be terminated for not achieving
whatever it is they want done - regardless of if the stated time frame sounded realistic or not.

3. Tell me about your management style. How do you bring out the best in your

Is he a micro manager? Is he an information hound that needs to be kept informed of
everything? Does he leave people alone to do what he hired them for and simply keep on top of
what's going on? Does he help you if you have trouble? Do any mentoring? Or is he a berating,
derogatory, jerk?
Obviously he's not going to come right out and tell you he's a micro manager! Instead he might
say, "I like to keep a very close watch on what's going on in my department," or "I visit with each
member of my department on a daily basis to make sure they're staying on track," or something
You'll find that the person will be fairly straightforward in sharing their management style with
you. What you want to pay attention to is how they word it.

4. What types of people tend to excel here?

Workaholics? Ones who are self-motivated and manage themselves well? People who work
well in teams or committees? Employees who keep their supervisor informed of "where they are
with things" on a daily basis?
This tells you something about the pervasive culture in the company or department. Generally
speaking, companies - or departments - tend to be made up of similar types of people that are in
harmony with the company culture and philosophy.
An entrepreneurial person won't function well in a committee environment. While sales
personalities can vary greatly, the top achievers are goal driven and motivated to achieve, rather
than complacent. People who are accustomed to thinking for themselves will find themselves

chafing in a company that has a more dictatorial style, while those who perform better when
they're told what to do will find themselves adrift in a company that requires its employees to
think for themselves.

5. How long have you been here? Why do you stay?

The answer to this question will give you an indication as to the feeling or health of the
department or company. The way in which he answers the question will also give you additional
insight into your potential boss, his management style, and what type of people excel in the
department or company.
These are informational questions, not challenges. Be genuinely interested in the answer,
because you're gaining valuable information that has to do with your future. When you leave the
interview and process it within yourself, you'll be matching what you learned with what you are
looking for.
Pay attention to the interviewer's body language and facial expressions. Is he relaxed? Does he
fill in some of the spaces? Does he speak TO you - or AT you? Does he answer the question
briefly and then quickly fire off another one? These, too, are valuable cues, and after the
interview, you'll need to piece them together with the verbal information you received.
Your perfect job might land in your lap by grace and good fortune. But more likely, you'll need to
look for it. It's there - but to recognize it, you'll need to know what it doesn't look like, as well as
what it does.
- Judi Perkins

10 Things You Must Do Before That Successful Interview

You've worked hard to get here. You've sent out 31 resumes, networked, attended job fairs,
enrolled in school for more education – you've taken all the right steps.
Then, one afternoon the phone rings. “Yes, we'd like you to come in for an interview. Is next
Tuesday at 10:00 alright with you?” Alright???!!! You can be there in 10 minutes! But you gather
your composure, pretend to rifle through your “appointment book” and calmly reply, “Yes,
Tuesday at 10:00 works for me. See you then.” Now what?
The sequence goes like this: the resume gets you an interview; the interview gets you the job.
This is when you become more than a bunch of employment dates and workplace
accomplishments. This is your opportunity to shine. It's show time!

Go in cold and you're working at a disadvantage. You prepped the perfect resume, now it's time
to prep for that all-important interview. Here are ten steps you should take before you show up at
the interviewer's door.

1. Review your resume.

Sure, you know it by heart. But what was it that caught the eye of this recruiter or the HR pro?
Specialized experience? Unique training? A steady history of career advancement? Revisit your
resume from the point of view of the interviewer. It may provide insight into the company's
employee needs – something that would certainly be advantageous to know going in.

2. Get back on-line.

The Internet served you well in the preparation of personalized cover letters targeted at the
recipients' needs. Okay, visit the company web site again and start taking notes. Corporate
officers, the latest press releases, the company's annual report. Gather as much information as
you can on your soon-to-be-employer.

3. Study, study, then cram.

The more you learn about your callback company, the better you're going to feel walking in that
door. Knowledge is power. Knowledge will make you more confident in your attitude and your
answers. You know this stuff. You've studied it! Knowledge of company products, services,
protocols and procedures shows the interviewer that you're proactive, with an eye for detail and
an appreciation for the power of preparation. In other words, you'll make a positive impression.

4. Rehearse your interview.

How can you rehearse for something that doesn't have a script? Write one. You know the typical
questions you'll be asked so write down some of your most insightful, witty thoughts regarding
the state of your industry and profession. Be prepared to describe past positions, responsibilities
and accomplishments. This is not a time for false modesty, so don't be afraid to highlight your
professional strengths and play down your terrible typing skills. Remember: it's no brag if it's the
truth. Ask your spouse, your child or a friend to play the role of interviewer so you become more
comfortable speaking about yourself in front of others. Again, this is a confidence builder. The
more you practice, the more confident you'll be.

5. Develop your list of questions.

Your interview shouldn't be seen as some type of interrogation. It's a “getting to know you”
meeting, so feel free to ask questions. However, your first question shouldn't be “How much do I
get paid?” or “How's the 401k plan, here?” Instead, ask questions that show you understand the
job and the company's needs. Be quick to pick up on the interviewer's comments and ask
relevant questions.

Interviewer: We've had some issues with field reports coming in late recently. You: How are
the reports transmitted? (Oh, you're good. Very good.)

6. Dress for success.

An interview is a performance with people playing different roles. Your role is successful job
prospect. Play the part. Whether you're female or male, the conservative business suit is the
recommended attire for any interview. If your business suit needs a pressing, send it to the dry
cleaners. If you don't own a suit (you'd be surprised at the number of us who don't) go out and
get one. It doesn't have to be an $800 designer suit, but it should be conservative black, blue or

7. Get cut or coiffed.

You'll have 15 minutes to make a good impression. Treat yourself to a visit to the local hair
stylist. You bet looks matter. They'll be plenty of time to show your talent once you land the job.
For now, look like a success, feel like a success – be a success.

8. Practice positive visualization.

Professional athletes do it. So do actors, yoga instructors and new age thinkers who sleep under
makeshift pyramids to absorb that mystical energy. It's called positive visualization – and it
works. It really does. In the days leading up to the interview, picture yourself sitting opposite the
head of HR. Picture yourself relaxed, comfortable, at the top of your game. Play that clip over
and over in your mind until it becomes so familiar, it actually becomes a part of your self-image.
It simply can't be stated too often – your confidence during an interview should be obvious and

9. Gather your materials.

The day before the interview, gather your materials and place them in a briefcase or attaché.
Don't have one? Buy one or borrow one. It's another opportunity to project that professional
image you wear so well. Bring extra copies of your resume in a manila envelop. Bring a pad and
pencil to take notes. Bring a calculator (you never know). Bring your address book and copies of
your business card. If you've been asked to provide additional information (school transcripts,
e.g.) make sure you've got clean copies ready to hand over.

10. Sleep tight.

You've done it all. You've prepared yourself; you've built your confidence so you can look the
interviewer straight in the eye. You are ready to rock ‘n' roll! Okay, too psyched. You'll never get
to sleep. The night before the interview, go to bed early. Have some warm milk, coco or herbal
tea (stay away from the 3rd scotch). Relax. Set the alarm and sleep comfortably in the
knowledge that you're as prepared as you'll ever be. No, not every interview will be a success.
You won't get the job every time – but don't take it personally. It's not about you; it's about the
needs of the company. However, you can increase the chances of success by presenting a
professional, prepared, and confident you to the interviewer. That's how you turn an interview
into a job offer.

You're hired!

- Teena Rose: Teena Rose is a columnist, public speaker, and a professional resume writer with
Resume to Referral. She's authored several books, including "20-Minute Cover Letter Fixer" and
"Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales."

Acing The Job Interview
Congratulations! The resume worked and now they want you to come in for an interview. Your
palms sweat and your anxiety grows.
Does this sound familiar? You're not alone. Everyone has gone through that process which
culminates in either you being offered the job or you find yourself continuing your job search
Use the following steps to help relieve your anxiety and get you that job offer!
      Research. Research. Research. We don't mean to sound redundant, but that's how
       important research is. If you are interviewing for a company that sells widgets, find out
       everything you can about widgets before you go into the interview. The employer is
       looking for someone who can solve his problems and if you know widgets and you know
       his company, you are that much closer to getting hired. Knowledge is power.
      Do two or three mock interviews with a friend. If possible, use a camcorder to film
       yourself. Play it back and look for nervous habits (fidgeting, twirling your hair, etc.) or use
       it to pinpoint possible weak spots in your presentation.

      Be 10 minutes early to the interview. This will give you an opportunity to gather your
       thoughts and compose yourself.
      YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL. Dress the part. Clothing will give an immediate
       impression to the employer.
      Come prepared. Bring at least three copies of your professionally prepared resume with
       you. Don't forget your list of references. Carry them in a briefcase if possible.
      Expect the unexpected. The employer wants to find out how fast you think on your feet.
       Don't be surprised if he asks you an irrelevant question such as: "If you had a million
       dollars, what would you do with it?"
      Offer a firm handshake and don't sit down until you are invited to do so.
      Don't slouch in the chair. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Lean forward in your
       chair to convey interest when the interviewer is explaining something to you.
      Talk with a firm voice. This will convey confidence and knowledge to the employer.
      Ask questions. Towards the end of the interview the interviewer will undoubtedly ask you
       if you have any questions. Many people say things like: "No, I don't think so..." DON'T DO
       THIS! When you do your research about the company come up with five questions to ask
       the employer. Ask him questions such as, "What growth do you expect in your company
       over the next five years? Why should I work here? What do you expect in a good
       employee? When he answers this question, make sure to explain to him how you fit those
       requirements exactly !
      After the interview, mail him a note of thanks. Thank him for his time and the opportunity
       to apply to his company. If you've left out any pertinent information during the interview
       now is the time to include it in the note of thanks.
- Jame Aure
Author of Acing the Job Interview and many other job and resume related articles – James Aure
would be honored to assist you with your career resume, CV, cover letter and other job search
needs. Please contact James at, 1-800-947-2410 or visit A and
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