TOP 10 INTERVIEWING TIPS 1. Be on time – 5-10 minutes early! If you are unfamiliar with a location, it is a good idea to drive by a few days in advance so you know where the office is and how long it will take you to get there Keep in mind traffic patterns and account for delays like rush hour Always anticipate extra time for any parking situation. At some of our locations, you may be required to obtain a parking pass then return to your car to place the pass in the windshield. 2. Dress appropriately for the interview – If you are not sure what the dress code is, ask. 3. Firm handshake 4. Research the company prior to the interview Have legitimate questions prepared Demonstrate what you know 5. Use professional language and communicate clearly “Like, um, stuff” and other fillers detract from what you are actually saying Not only are employers looking at you as someone who they would want on their team, but also looking at you with a view of how a potential customer would react to you 6. If you accept another offer, be sure to send notice to all employers who have met with you Don’t burn bridges If for some reason you cannot make to a scheduled interview, call them to let them know. 7. Never underestimate the power of a handwritten thank-you note 8. Most importantly – BE YOURSELF You want to be selected for a position because of who you are Know why you are the ideal candidate, and make sure to demonstrate these characteristics Smile and be confident with who you are After meeting with a potential employer, make sure to assess how the potential position fits in with your overall career objectives in addition to what the position entails. If there is a mutual fit, then it is most likely a good avenue to pursue. TOP 10 INTERVIEW MISTAKES 1. General Un-preparedness Late without notice and without good reason (good reasons include car accidents, not you woke up late) Inappropriate attire No knowledge of the company and/or position 2. Lack of notice if unable to attend Sets the tone that you are unreliable 3. Cell phone etiquette Turn off prior to entering interview If it does ring, politely say “excuse me” and turn it off. DO NOT ANSWER! 4. Poor language skills/improper grammar 5. Trash talking former employers and/or co-workers 6. Not knowing your strengths and weaknesses 7. Not having any questions regarding the position and/or company This is your opportunity to learn if this opportunity is right for you, ask the questions that will help you make an informed decision 8. Not asking for clarification – It’s o.k. to ask someone to repeat a question If you don’t fully understand the question, then you are unlikely to give an appropriate response. * Bonus tips: A common mistake is actually accepting a position you don’t really want. This is usually why people are not happy with their jobs! Ask for feedback. Regardless if you are hired or not, feedback can only help you along the way.
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