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9 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEW

The interview process can be a challenging ordeal!! You can meet the challenge!!!






1. Be prepared

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!!


- When you walk in the door you want to be comfortable, confident and ready to impress. Research the company on-line and know its products and services.

2. dress code

When on a job search, dress conservative and appropriately. Be well groomed. Do not wear excessive jewelry and overpowering perfumes or colognes.

- First impressions are lasting impressions.

- Dress neat and clean.

- Wear suit and tie for business positions.

- Call receptionist for dress code and usual manner of attire.

3. What to bring to an interview

Bring a folder in which you have neatly stored the documents you need to bring to a job interview.


Paperwork in your folder should include:

-Several copies of your resume with cover letter (No grammatical or spelling errors)

-Portfolio/work samples and references

-Letters of Recommendation

-Pen and notepad

-Questions about the company

-Your life achievements and accomplishments as they relate to job responsibilities.

4. components of A SUCCESSFUL interview

There are three (3) components of the interview: Beginning, Body and Closing.


BEGINNING: From the first impression, you will be compared to the other competing candidates

BODY: Present your skills, abilities, and how you can do the best job.

CLOSING: Opportunity to show the interviewer(s) that you are interested, can make a difference, and that you are the person portrayed in your resume.

DISPLAY THESE CHARACTERISTICS DURING YOUR INTERVIEW:

1) Confidence / Competence

2) Intelligence

3) Ability

4) Motivation / Passion

5) Commitment to Hard Work

6) Maturity

7) Positive Attitude

8) Loyalty

9) Innovation

10) Endurance

11) Gratitude

NEVER DISPLAY ANGER, FRUSTRATION, IRRITABILITY, NEGATIVITY, OR AGGRESSION.

BE FRIENDLY --- BE LIKEABLE --- BUT DON’T OVERDO IT.

5. Anticipate potential Interview

questions

There are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers. However, potential interview questions can be summarized into six (6) categories.


1) Basic Questions

2) Behavioral Questions

3) Salary Questions

4) Career Development Questions

5) Getting Started Questions

6) Questions about you


- BE PRPEPARED TO ANSWERS QUESTIONS

- GUARD YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

- DO NOT PLACE OFFENSIVE OR EMBARASSING MATERIALS ON FACEBOOK OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

6. be prepared for the type of interview

There are four (4) types of interviews: Traditional, Behavioral, Case, and Research.

TRADITIONAL Interviewer will ask broad-based questions and will closely follow your resume. BEHAVIORAL Interviewer will ask you to give an example of your demonstrated problem-solving skills. CASE Interviewer will present a hypothetical business problem and will ask how you might analyze and solve it. RESEARCH Interviewer wants to know how familiar you are with their industry.

7. what not to bring to an interview

Don’t bring anything that could potentially distract you or the interviewer.

Things you should not bring to an interview include:

- Chewing gum

- Food

- Drinks

- Excessive jewelry

- Cell Phone (leave in car or silence)

- Parent(s), spouse, or children

8. Practice, Practice, Practice

The interviewer will closely follow your resume structure. He or she will probe you about the experience, education and achievements listed in the resume. Know your resume inside out. Be well acquainted with the accomplishments you listed in your resume and be prepared to express what you learned through each experience.

Practice your answers out loud.

Going through a Mock interview from beginning to end has proven to be an excellent way to prepare for the “real” interview.

(At the end of the interview, remember to thank the interviewer.)

9. job interview letters

Interview request letters and follow-up letters after an interview are an important step in your job search. If you do not send a professional and well-written letter you are limiting your chances of success.

Your introductory letter and internet correspondence requesting an interview must be direct, clear, concise, and professional; with proper sentence structure and no grammatical errors. Your follow-up letter is an opportunity to reinforce your strengths as an applicant, affirm your interest in the position and, if necessary, respond to any concerns that came up during the interview. Once again, thank the interviewer and make sure to use correct spelling and grammar.

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