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  1. 1. ==== ===="Learn Word for Word EXACTLY What You Need To Say To Get Hired! ..." JOB INTERVIEWcoming up? ... Do you want to come off as "poised" and professional? Check out my website formore information ====Almost all job seekers recognize the importance of preparing for a job interview. And that meansmore than just showing up with your resume in hand and a smile on your face. You probably knowat least some of the things you should do to get ready. However, have you also thought aboutwhat you should not do - before, during and after an interview? Weve compiled a "Top 10-12" listof Dos and Donts for the before, during and after stages of any job interview. Follow these andyou can be assured youll be ready to make a success of that interview - and confidently andquickly move to the top of the Hiring Managers "hiring" list.Before the job interview - before you arrive at the companyDo research the company (and the interviewers, if possible) to learn as much as you can. Dontact cocky during the interview to show off your researchDo realize that there are different types of job interviews and find out which type you will behaving. Dont walk into a surprise!Do review possible interview questions and prepare your responses. Dont memorize youranswers or over rehearse so you wont sound rehearsed at the interview.Do role-play if possible with a family member or friend and ask for feedback on your presentation.Dont ask someone who cant be objective, however.Do take a practice run to the interview location to be sure you know exactly where it is and howlong it may take you to arrive. Dont get lost (and if for some crazy reason you do get lost on theway, dont say that to the interviewer).Do plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Dont arrive any earlier or you may appear desperate. And ifyou unexpectedly are running late, Do call the interviewer or other company representative to letthem know your expected arrival time.Do understand that your interview begins way before you greet the interviewer(s). It actuallybegins the moment you begin the trip to that interview. Be alert and courteous at all times. Younever know who you may interact with as you head to the interview. Dont lose your cool. Be alertand courteous to everyone!Do ask what a companys dress code is and dress the part. Dont assume you automatically knoweven if the company is similar to a previous employer.Do focus on hygiene. Brush your teeth prior to the interview. Use a mouthwash or have a breathmint. Dont smoke before - or during - the interview, even if the interviewer smokes and offers youa cigarette, etc.Do turn off your cell phone or pager (or put it in silent vibration) and dont turn it back on until theinterview is completed.
  2. 2. During the interview - from the moment you arrive until you leaveDo greet the receptionist with respect. Here is where you can make a great first impression. Dontassume they wont be asked for their input after you leave.Do complete a job application without comment, if you are given one. Dont balk and say yourresume has everything on it.Do bring additional resumes and or job skills "sales brochures" and offer to all interviewers. Dontexpect everyone to already have a copy.Do greet interviewer(s) by title; e.g., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., and last name. Dont assume you knowthe pronunciation of a last name. If the least unsure, ask the receptionist before going into theinterview.Do shake hands with anyone who offers their hand. Shake their hand firmly. Dont have a limp orclammy handshake; and wait until you are offered a seat before sitting down. And remember thatbody language often speaks louder than words. Sit upright; be alert and look interested at alltimes. Make good eye contact with the interview. Dont slouch, fidget, become distracted or stareat the interviewer.Do demonstrate enthusiasm for the company and job; and a high level of energy and confidence.Dont be soft-spoken, overly assertive or appear anxious or desperate to get the job (or just anyjob to become employed), however.Do sell yourself. Make certain that your accomplishments come across to the interviewer(s) in away that sincerely speaks directly to their companys needs. Show how you can benefit theircompany. Dont expect your application or resume to do the sales job for you, and dont offer anynegative information about yourself.Do take advantage of your time with the interviewer to evaluate them and their company as apotential employer and your mutual "fit". Dont overlook an opportunity to ask questions as youmay appear as though you are not interested.Do answer questions completely. Answer truthfully and succinctly but no "yes" or "no" answers.Offer examples, explanations; showcase your talents, skills, and accomplishments. Dont over-answer, however. Know when to stop.Do be ready for the unexpected questions. To give yourself time to think, repeat the question orask the interviewer to repeat it. A brief 1-2 second pause is OK. Dont however, fall back on long,uncomfortable pauses or statements such as, "Wow, thats a good one!" which make you appearunprepared.Do attempt to delay any discussion about salary, vacations, bonuses, etc., until after you have anoffer. Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements with a generic response. If youknow the salary range the company is offering and it is acceptable to you say, "Im sure we canfind agreement within your salary range." Dont initiate the discussion.Do constantly act as if you are determined to get the job and never close the door on anopportunity until you are positive it is not for you. Dont shoot yourself in the foot if you want theopportunity by bringing us personal issues, controversial topics, anything negative about formercolleagues and employers, telling jokes, using poor language, chewing gumClosing the interview and afterwards - your work is not done just because the interview isDo close the interview by expressing your interest in the job. Ask what the next steps are, andwhen the company will make a hiring decision. If appropriate based on how the interview has
  3. 3. gone, close the sale - ask for the job. Dont jump the gun, however.Do ask for business cards from each person you interviewed with. Dont make assumptions abouteven simple names; get the spelling if you cant get the card.Do capture the highpoints of the interview immediately after. Dont forget crucial details.Do have an action plan in place based on a strong, well-thought out interview follow-up strategy.This can give you a huge competitive advantage over others who interviewed for the job and dontfollow-up. Dont let this be a haphazard activity with no structure; just a letter here, a call there.Theres no better way to lose an opportunity than to give follow-up little importance. And theres nobetter tool to use to reinforce the benefits you can bring a company than recognizing and using thereal value of follow-up.Do write thank you letters within 24 hours to each person who interviewed you to continue to showyour interest and enthusiasm for the company and job, without sounding desperate. Dont fail tosend a thank you, even if the job is not a good fit for you.Do focus on the content of the thank you letters, not so much on whether its hand-written ortyped. Show appreciation for the companys interest in you and remind those receiving your thankyou letter why you are the uniquely qualified candidate for the position. Dont send the thank youletter through the incorrect medium, however; make sure you know the best way to reach thoseinterviewers - regular mail, email, fax, a phone call., etc. And dont have any errors in your thankyou notes.Do alert your references, if you havent already, that they may receive a call from your prospectiveemployer. Dont forget to brief them on what was said - by you and the interviewers - during theinterview.Do continue to follow-up, especially if requested by interviewer(s). Dont go overboard however.Theres a huge difference between a squeaky wheel getting the oil, and an annoying pest gettingthe flyswatter.Do be patient. You must work with the companys timeline. Dont however, stop your job search -even if youre confident youll get the job. Continue to seek out other opportunities and interview.This can benefit you in at least two ways: a. Should you get the job, you can leverage other offersin your job offer negotiations b. Should you not get the job, youll have other opportunities topursueDo turn a negative situation (not getting the job) into a positive (getting a referral). Add theinterviewers to your job search network. Nurture this budding relationship so that you can askthem to refer you to other contacts. Dont, in other words, ever burn any of the bridges you build inyour job search. Always think of ways to use them - and to reciprocate. Doing so, can benefit younow and in the future - for any other job search needs as well as growing your career.There you have it, the top Dos and Donts for acing your interview.For more proven guidance on overcoming job interview weaknesses, telephone well as other powerful job interviewing topics, visit the Job Interview - Best Practiceswebsite and put your job interviewing skills into overdrive!Pat Andrew is a managing partner of Andrew-Hill LLC, the parent company of strong business qualifications include more than 25 years of hands-on experience in
  4. 4. marketing, strategic planning, business and human resource development, and projectmanagement, providing consulting services to federal government agencies as well as Fortune500 firms.She also has a myriad of expertise with special emphasis on identifying and analyzing humanresource and business opportunities and problems and effecting, testing and monitoring viablesolutions.Through professionalism, experience, and talent it is the goal of Andrew-Hill LLC to assist you inbuilding sustainable job search skills that increase your job search and career success.Our website is dedicated to helping you overcome weaknesses in your job interviews so you winthe job you want. Offerings include: free, informative, and useful articles and videos as well aseasy-to-follow coaching systems and books to help you prepare to "WIN" your job interview.Article Source: ===="Learn Word for Word EXACTLY What You Need To Say To Get Hired! ..." JOB INTERVIEWcoming up? ... Do you want to come off as "poised" and professional? Check out my website formore information ====