There may be several schools of thought out there regarding what
it takes to land the job, but for all practical purposes, it comes
down to three things:
- A well written cover
letter that sells your abilities and skills
- A powerful
- An excellent interview
Let's assume that your cover letter and resume impressed the
prospective employer well enough that they scheduled an appointment
with you for an interview. Herein lays the most important step of
the process --- conducting a successful interview. You've sold
yourself on paper. Now you have to sell yourself in person. Here
are 10 job interview tips to help you accomplish that "sales"
Tailor your experience and skills to the job
Do it positively, without being aggressive or cocky.
Have your research completed before walking into the
Knowing as much as you can about the company you're interviewing
with is a very powerful interviewing tool. It tells that employer
that you have a genuine interest in the company, not just your own
Have your answers to the expected(and unexpected) interview
Anticipate being asked these questions and be prepared to answer
them. If you are changing
careers or interviewing for a new title in a familiar industry
familiarize yourself with what is expected for the job and the
company culture. Friends and past employees can be invaluable with
helping you prepare; seek them out and employ their help.
Always dress for success
Dress in the attire that is appropriate for the position you are
Draw up a list of questions to ask the interviewer
if they give you the opportunity to ask them. Have a folder that
you take with you on your interviews. You might want to think about
having extra copies of your resume in the folder as well.
Don't be one of these job seekers that runs off at the
Be quiet and listen to the interviewer. When they want input from
you, they'll ask for it.
Know how to convert you weaknesses into strengths
For instance, if one of your weaknesses is being overly
enthusiastic, inform the interviewer that you are overenthusiastic
about performing your job to the best of your abilities.
Look the interviewer square in the eye
Interviewers view eye contact as a sign of respect in that they
feel you are paying attention to them.
Remember to only speak when asked to
The person conducting the interview isn't in need of your personal
opinion, so unless they ask for it, it's best kept to oneself.
Don't put on an act. Definitely try to establish a rapport between
you and the interviewer. Be casual and relaxed, but above all, show
the interviewer that you are nothing short of professional.
Before going on that interview, run through these steps several
times so that you're confident and prepared to face whatever the
interviewer throws at you.
Author: Doug Johnson