• The Do’s and Dont’s Of Preparing For a Job Interview

    In order to have the best job interview that any job seeker would want to have, it’s best to make sure you are at least 10 minutes early for the scheduled appointment. Don’t come too early or too late. Give yourself enough time to spend with the interviewer–don’t arrange another appointment 15 minutes after the first appointment. Your time with the interviewer should be uninterrupted.

    Your appearance and dress should be just right for the interview because you dont want to be too casual or too formal clothing. Dress conservatively without flashy colors. Be well groomed and shave for your interview. Women should make sure they look very neat. Hair should not be in the face, it should be up or tied back. Makeup should be subtle. The way you look is very important to your interviewer. If your appearance is bad for the interview, that is the impression an employer will have of your job performance. Neat appearance is always a must.

    At the interview, when you shake an employer’s hand, shake it firm, solid grip. Don’t shake hand passively. Be businesslike but pleasant and friendly. Smile throughout the whole interview. Make sure your smile does’nt look fake. Good eye contact is very important. If you can’t look into their eyes, look at the bridge of the nose. This will seem as if you are looking into the eyes. Sit straight up but toward the interviewer. This will make it seem as if you are very interested in what the interviewer has to say. Don’t smoke or have poor posture during the interview. If you are under stress, try to act calm.

    Let the employer take charge of the interview. Answer the questions briefly but completely. Don’t ramble on about unimportant things and waste time. Dogmatic statements should be avoided. Tell the employer exactly what you expect from your job. Also tell exactly what they can expect from you. Stress your qualifications in a positive, affirmative tone. When the employer tells you what type of person is wanted, use this information when telling the employer about your qualifications. It is very important to tell what they want to hear. When you tell people what they want to hear, they start to agree with you. Don’t over do it and exaggerate with lies. Use your resume or records to support any claim you make about yourself. If you don’t understand a question the interviewer asks you, repeat it back to see if you understand it. Try to see what the interviewer wants to find out about you. If you know what they want, make your answers fit the need.

    Talk about previous jobs if they are in your favor. Don’t say anything bad or criticize previous employers or fellow workers. If you say anything bad about anyone, your future employer can expect trouble from you. Don’t say anything negative about yourself. Try not to discuss anything personal, financial or domestic unless you are specifically asked. If the interviewer questions you at a quick pace with confusing questions, they are doing this to put you under stress. Stay in control and answer calmly. Don’t be overly impatient when an employer asks you a question. Wait for the finish question and then answer it completely and in a relaxed manner. You don’t want an employer to think you are desperate for the job. Don’t take anyone with you to the interview–this makes you seem insecure.

    If the employer does not offer you the job at the end of the interview, ask them when you will hear from them or when you can call to find out a decision. If you are asked to come back, write down the time and place you are to attend. After the interview, thank the employer for spending their time with you. Ask them of any other company that may need a person with your qualifications. A good practice is to also thank the employer by mail with a “thank you” letter. Many applicants don’t do this, so this may give you an edge on the job.

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