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					A Few Job Interview Tips – Prepare For The Interview
f you are invited to interview for a good job. With these tips for your best job interview, you will get the job you want. Think of the job interview as a theatrical audition. This meeting is not a time for improvisation. You need solid preparation to show yourself in your best light. Know what you are going to say before you go to the interview. Write a good script, learn your lines and rehearse them. The psychology of interviewing today gives the advantage to the young, thin, successful and attractive candidate. Make your appearance count. Know the Company Research the company business. Get acquainted with its products and services, its competition, and changes on the horizon in the industry. Let the interviewer know you are serious about contributing to profitability. A Commercial for the Brand of you Prepare a brief commercial for yourself as a brand. Include your background, education and skills. Then talk about your curiosity, commitment and drive. Show that you’ll do whatever it takes to do the job. Many people have developed their personal brand. Jay Leno is a comedian. Martha Stewart is a domestic goddess. Who are you? Develop your personal brand, your elevator speech and a summary of your profile.

Stage Front and Center Perform at the job interview as if this is a red-carpet appearance. Try to give the impression that you sincerely like the interviewer. Even more than your outfit and your

answers, the unspoken clues to your personality speak volumes. Practice body language, facial expressions, posture and gestures. Watch how political candidates perform on TV and mimic them. Allow your personality to shine. You don’t have to be the best candidate if you make yourself the most memorable one. The Video Interview Human resource managers rely on telephone interviews to screen a large group of contenders. More and more, employers often use an online video job interview rather than a face-to-face meeting. Set yourself up for a 30-minute video interview. With your webcam, record and practice your video interview. Ask a friend to critique your performance. If you have access to a video camera, create a video resume and post it on the Internet for prospective employers to access. Your mastery of this emerging technology speaks volumes about you. Your Strategy at the Interview Focus on fitting in. Try to match the company culture by the way you dress. Personal chemistry is important, along with motivation, personality, style, energy and attitude and fit. Take time to think before answering. It signals how important the interview is. Show how you meet or exceed each of the job’s requirements. Show that you take the job seriously. Interviewing is often a two-stage process. The first interview is with a screener, someone who is looking for reasons to reject you. The second interview is the “selection” interview when you are an approved candidate. Your interviewer is concerned about making a hiring mistake. Show her/him that you’re a good fit for the company. How to Begin the Interview For an on-site job interview, arrive early. Stay calm and confident. Make eye contact with everyone, be friendly to the receptionist, turn off your cell phone, put out your cigarette and throw away the chewing gum. Don’t interrupt and don’t use profanity. Do everything you can to improve your personal appearance. Introduce yourself by name to the interviewer. Smile often. Don’t contradict people. Speak well of your previous employers. Allow the interviewer to control the meeting. You’ll be asked to take pre-employment tests, so express your willingness when the subject comes up. Make a few notes, which flatters the speaker. If the interviewer looks bored, ask if they would like to hear more about your topic A or topic B. Ask if they have any reservations about you and try to rebut them. What the Employer Wants From You at the Job Interview Employers want three things from a new hire, skills, skills and more skills. Tear the job description apart line by line and show that you have each required skill. The company is using the job description as a filter to weed out prospects. Make it easy for the company to choose you. Repeat your qualifications several times, to reinforce the interviewer’s impression. If your experience is skimpy in one area, show how it was developed in an overlapping or similar area.

As you say, my hotel experience is only three years, but I have five more years of experience in the hospitality industry. - I notice that one of your requirements is service experience with foreign customers. Would you like to hear about my project in Germany? - Although I have not worked in corporate marketing, I have experience with marketing on campus and as a volunteer. The interviewers want to know what you can do for the company today. Tell them what they want to hear. - I can jump right in and relieve your immediate workload. - I am good with technology. - I write clearly and spell well. - I have strong people skills. As a team player, I share credit and shoulder more than my share of responsibility. - My keyboarding skills are excellent. - Be calm and show confidence. Do not undercut yourself. Sample Questions to Expect at the Job Interview There are standard questions that surface at most interviews. Prepare your answers ahead of time. For example: - Why do you want to work here? You can answer about how you like the work, how you want to use your skills and talents. - Tell us about a problem you were able to solve. - Were you able to put changes in place? - What kinds of risks did you take? - How did you close a difficult sale? - Why did you choose business as your college major? - What do you do when you can’t turn to a supervisor? - What are your shortcomings?

The interviewer will want examples of your leadership, problem solving, initiative, negotiating skill, dealing with stress, work ethic, company commitment, handling personnel problems. Look back on your work experience, school projects and extracurricular activities for praiseworthy examples. Tell the story of your work experience in each area. You’ll be asked how you handled a difficult situation. You’ll be asked to describe a significant achievement. Talking About Money Do not talk money until you know they want you. It is difficult to avoid the subject at the job interview, because some employers like to hire on the cheap. If they put you on the spot about the salary expectations, answer them with “I need to know first what the job is worth, the extent of responsibilities and the scope of the position. Things That Can Go Wrong at the Job Interview The company may ask you for samples of your work, and appropriate them for its own use. It has been known to happen before. Do not forward your portfolio to everyone who asks for it. A small business may think of you as an unwitting consultant and take advantage of your ideas on company projects, without your knowledge. You can protect your intellectual property by copywriting any materials you submit to the company. Watch for the surprise event or trick question, which is planted to show how well you think on your feet. When the job interview goes awry, if the interviewer is difficult or rude, you should ignore it and focus on your accomplishments. When the questions are obscure, you will want to have a few all-purpose remarks in your repertoire. - Do you think so? - That bears watching. - That’s an interesting observation. - It reminds me to ask you what role I would play in the year-end audits. - Could you clarify the question? - Does that answer your question? - Great idea. - Be enthusiastic, but don’t dominate the conversation.

Sample Questions to Finish the Job Interview Before the close of the interview, you will have a chance to ask questions. Here are sample questions for you. Ask what is the next step in the hiring process. Ask when the company expects to make a decision. Ask if you can call to check on new developments. Now is the time to say thank you for the opportunity to interview. Remind them that you are a good fit for the position and that you are very interested in the job. “I would be happy to work with the company. I enjoyed meeting you.” It is important to leave a strong, lasting impression. Whatever happens, keep a positive outlook on interview day. You will look and sound like a winner. Source: Family Fun -