Preparation is the first essential step toward a successful interview.
Do some research on the company interviewing you. You should know what its products and
services are, where its plants, offices or stores are located,
what it's growth potential is for the future. There are a number
of publications which provide information about prospective employers.
Most of them can be found in any college or public library.
Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview.
Remember that an interview is a "two-way-street". The employer will try to
determine through questioning if you have the qualifications necessary to the job.
You must determine through questioning whether the company will give you
the opportunity for the growth and development you seek.
Some probing questions you might ask ...
Men should dress in a business suit (NO SPORTS CLOTHES),white or soft pastel shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, shoes well shined and a neat hair-style.
Women should dress very tailored and conservative (NO TROUSER SUITS).
Be prepared for a technical interview or possibly a written test
You are being interviewed because the employer wants to hire people - not because he wants to trip you up or embarrass you. Through the interaction that will take place during the interview the employer will be searching out your strong and weak points, evaluating you on your qualifications, skills and intellectual qualities and the interview will probably probe deeply to determine your attitudes, stability, motivation and maturity.
DO plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
If the employer presents you with an application form to complete, DO fill it out neatly and completely.
DON'T relax and rely on your CV or application, or assume it will do your selling for you. Most employers will want you to speak for yourself.
DO greet the employer by his/her surname. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. Smile! Shake his/her hand firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the employer.
DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair. Look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile ...
DON'T smoke even if the employer smokes and offers you a cigarette.
DON'T chew gum.
DO look a prospective employer in the eye while you talk to him/her.
DO follow the employer's leads, but try to get the employer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can relate your background, skills and accomplishments to the position. Remember, although he/she is interviewing you, you should be interviewing him/her as well.
DON'T answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Explain wherever possible. Tell those things about you which relate to the situation.
DO make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a factual, logical and sincere manner. Stress achievements.
DON'T lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and as "to the point" as possible.
DON'T ever make derogatory remarks about your present or former employer or companies.
DON'T over answer questions. DON'T waffle.
DON'T enquire about SALARY, VACATIONS, BONUSES, RETIREMENT, etc. on the initial interview unless
you are positive the employer is interested in hiring you. If the interviewer asks you what
salary you want, indicate what you've earned but that you are more interested in opportunity than a specific salary at the present.
DO always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing.
NEVER close the door to an opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can
choose from a number of positions - rather than only one.
During the course of the interview, the employer will be evaluating your
negative factors as well as your positive factors. Listed below are negative factors
frequently evaluated during the course of the interview and those which often lead to the rejection of the candidate.
If you are interested in the position, ask for it, or ask for the next interview if the situation demands.
Don't be too discouraged if no definite offer is made or specific salary discussed. The employer will probably want to communicate with us (the agency) first, or interview more candidates, before making a decision.
If you get the impression that the interview is not going well, don't let your discouragement show. An employer may be genuinely interested in your possibilities without you realising it.
Thank the employer for his time and his consideration of you. If you have answered the two questions uppermost in the employer's mind:
You have done all you can.
Last, and most important, call your consultant after each interview and tell him/her what happened,
he/she will want to talk with you. If you are interested in the position the consultant will help you get it.