Can you get the Job? Interview skills 101

Research the company

  • You should look up the company's vision statements, mission statements, and the company slogans.
  • Get familiar with the company.
  • A google search about the company can teach you who you will potentially be working for

Plan Ahead

  • Know how long it will take you to get to your interview
  • Arrive at least 20 min early

What to wear

Men

  • Well-pressed dress shirt, tie, well-pressed slacks and polished dress shoes.
  • Clean shaven is best, but short, trimmed mustache/beard is acceptable.
  • Limit accessories to a classic metal or leather watch, wedding ring if married and briefcase.

Women:

  • Dark colored business skirt, suit or pantsuit.
  • Skirt length should be on or just above the knee only or Dress with jacket or Jacket, skirt and blouse.
  • Solid colored (bright colors or neutrals are allowed) collared blouses with sleeves no shorter than elbows; avoid plunging necklines and sheer materials
  • Closed-toe shoes in a dark color, polished. No sandals or extremely high heels.
  • Skin-toned or dark sheer hosiery, avoid patterns.
  • Simple and conservative make up and jewelry.
  • Hair pulled back and bangs out of face. Avoid distracting hair styles, jewelry, and polish.

General Rules

  • Closed-toe shoes in a dark color, polished. No sandals or extremely high heels.
  • Skin-toned or dark sheer hosiery, avoid patterns.
  • Simple and conservative make up and jewelry.
  • Hair pulled back and bangs out of face. Avoid distracting hair styles, jewelry, and polish.

How to impress during the interview

Treat everyone with respect

  • Make eye contact
  • Smile
  • Do NOT use curse words even if the interviewer did

Listen carefully

  • Remember the names of the interviewer(s)
  • Address them appropirately
  • If you are interviewed by more than one person, ask each of them if they have a business card.

What if you're at a panel interview?

  • Breifly address each person with your gaze
  • Return your attention to the person who asked you the question
  • REMEMBER THE INTERVIEWERS NAMES!!

Sit still, with good posture

  • Don't cross your arms
  • Nod and make positive gestures
  • Keep your on the hands on top of the desk

How to answer questions

  • Be specific with your answers
  • If you don't understand a question ask for clarification.
  • Fully answer the questions without over sharing
  • Take responisbility for your decisions and your actions
  • Don't make negative comments
  • Avoid using filler words such as "like,""uh," "Kinda," and "um"

How to end the interview

  • End on a positive note
  • Let the interviewer(s) know you're truly interested in the opportunity
  • Do NOT ask about salary and benefits until it's brought up by the nterviewer
  • Find out what actions you're expected to do next in the process
  • if you have not received one yet, ask the interviewer(s) for their business card

What to do after the interview

  • Know when and whom you should expect to hear from next.
  • If you promised information, send it quickly
  • Take down notes right away so you don't forget critical details

Write a thankyou email to your interviewer(s)

  • Refrain from using emojis
  • Avoid using exclamation points
  • Include an honest and specific sentence about why you're excited about the opportunity
  • Send the email the same day as the interview

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Google search, http://mywebroom-blog.com/8-interview-tips-for-that-dream-job/

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