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Operate with Fear Companies do it Business leaders do it Individuals do it Fear = Bad decisions There is a correlation between happiness and success Stop . . . Breathe . . . . Find a solution Congratulations!! You are past the most major milestone. YOU HAVE THE INTERVIEW – They like you, they really like you!
Put the interview into perspective Look at every job interview from the employer's point of view. What would you want to know about a candidate? What qualities would you be looking for? What types of things would turn you off about an applicant? What kind of a person would you hire for this position? What questions would you ask, and what answers would you like to hear?
What have I done in my history that validates the claim?
Practice with someone
Have someone ask you interview questions. Watch to see if your answers are:
Nervous or forced
Talk too much or too little
Get Ready for the Interview Dress the part. Any office job should wear conservative and formal business apparel Non-Office jobs, formality is not required, but be neat and clean No jeans and T-Shirts Be careful of scent. Arrive 10 minutes early . Check your appearance and then walk into the office. Always be courteous and professional to everyone from the minute you walk in. TURN OFF your phone – completely. Not even on vibrate Bring a note pad, pen, resume and any other supporting documents.
Your main objective is to provide the interviewer with a good impression.
Walk in with confidence and proper form – do not slouch
Make eye contact, introduce yourself, shake hands with a firm confident grip
When offered to have a seat, watch your body language, sit up, lean forward
Manage your speech speed. You are nervous so take a breath and try to relax. It is just a conversation.
Interview Questions Be prepared to answer the easy questions: Tell me about yourself. What are your weaknesses? What did you dislike about your last job? How do you handle conflict with your colleagues? Do not exaggerate or lie about your resume. You are who you are and it is very easy to find out where you are not being honest. Do not be afraid. Sometimes life experience can overcome school experience.
The No-No List Do not discuss: Politics (unless you are running for an office) Humor can be taken many ways, not always good Do not speak poorly about: - your old company - your old boss - your team mates Do not discuss your personal problems (financial, health, family) Focus on your ability to create solutions or accomplishments you have had at your company or with your team mates.
The No-No List Do not discuss: How much does this job pay? How many vacation days do I get? How many personal days can I take? Do be prepared with questions – ask questions from your research. Asking questions shows you are interested in the job. - What skills have made others successful in this job? - What growth opportunities are there? - What are the goals of the department I will be working with?