Eshé-Rae Adams, PHR June, 2014 10 things to do before your interview Job Interview – Do’s and Don’ts Did you know? Types of Interview Questions Behavioral Situational Skill tests 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Review your resume Research Study Rehearse Develop your own questions Dress for success Looks matter Practice positive visualization Prepare materials Rest well Be sure you know what is on your resume Update your resume Ask someone to review your resume Revisit from the employer’s point view o What was it that caught their eye? • Specialized experience • Unique training or certifications • Steady history Visit the company’s website Take notes • Key People • Latest press releases • Company’s annual report Gather as much information as you can Visit sites such as Glassdoor.com and LinkedIn Knowledge is power Makes you more confident Learn knowledge of company products, services, protocols and procedures Show you are proactive and have an eye for detail You will leave a positive impression How can you rehearse for something that doesn’t have a script? Write one Be prepared to discuss your past positions, responsibilities and accomplishments. Highlight your professional strengths. Ask your child, spouse or friend to role play. Practice will help you become more confident with your answers. You should also interview the company The interview shouldn’t be an interrogation “How much do I get paid?” should never be your first question Ask questions that show you understand the job Pick up on the interviewer’s comments and ask relevant questions An interview is a performance and everyone plays a different role. You are the successful job prospect. Play the part. Whether male or female a conservative business suit (black, gray, navy blue) is recommended for an interview. Appear polished (nails, hair, make-up, etc.) Picture yourself in the interview across from the interviewer Picture yourself relaxed, comfortable and on top of your game The day before your interview gather your materials so they are ready to go: Extra copies of your resume Pad and Pen Portfolio of your work or projects (if applicable) Additional information, if requested (transcripts, etc.) Go to bed at a decent time Relax Set your alarm 33 percent of employers say they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire you? 47 percent of employers say having little to no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake job seekers make in interviews 65 percent of employers say clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates. Top 10 Common mistakes Over explaining Conveying that you are not over it Lacking humor or personality Inadequate research about the potential employer Concentrating too much on what you want Trying to be all things to all people “Winging” the interview Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates Failing to ask for the job Common non-verbal mistakes Lack of eye contact Bad posture Crossing arms Using too many hand gestures Handshake that is too weak Fidgeting too much Statistics show that when meeting new people the impact is: 7% what you actually say 38% quality of voice, grammar and confidence 55% how you are dressed 5 questions most likely to be asked: Tell me about your experience Why do you want to work for us? What do you know about our company? What was your reason for leaving your last job? Tell me about yourself Behavioral Questions – Past actions is a predictor on how you may act in the future Example: “Describe a time when you confronted a difficult problem or situation during a group project” Situational Questions – Similar to behavioral, but asks you to speak about how you would handle a situation in the future. Example: “How would you respond to a co-worker who has a negative attitude during a group project? Skills Test - Some competitive companies my put candidates through skills tests involving use of a skill that relates to the job or logical reasoning. Some tests are measured up to specific standards (benchmarks) and others may be to test your creativity or your performance under pressure. Not every interview will be a success Don’t take it personally Its not about you its about the company and their needs You should leave every interview knowing you were fully prepared You can increase your chances of success by presenting a professional, prepared, and confident you. GO TURN AN INTERVIEW INTO A JOB OFFER!
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