10 Ways to Impress Interviewers


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Shine bright in your first ten minutes. Be prepared, pumped and on time. Show them you're the right one for the job.

Impressing your interviewer(s) is part craft, part technique. Here are some quick, helpful tips to get you started.

Mark Swartz - CareerActivist.com
Monster.ca's National Career Coach

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10 Ways to Impress Interviewers

  1. 1. Employee & Job-Seeker Tip <br />10<br />WAYS TO<br />IMPRESS A JOB<br />INTERVIEWER<br /> Mark Swartz, <br /> Career Coach<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />.<br />OWN THE<br />FIRST<br />10 MINUTES<br />
  3. 3. 1. OWN THE FIRST 10 MINUTES<br /><ul><li>Show up raring to go:
  4. 4. be there five minutes early
  5. 5. start with a firm handshake, a</li></ul> smile and make eye contact <br /><ul><li> Let the Interviewer lead:
  6. 6. Allow them to direct the discussion
  7. 7. Answer each question, then stop talking</li></li></ul><li>2<br />.<br />BE PREPARED<br />AND<br />POLISHED<br />
  8. 8. 2. BE PREPARED AND POLISHED<br /><ul><li>Have your answers to typical (and difficult) interview questions rehearsed enough to call them up in your mind quickly
  9. 9. Show in your answers that you have researched this employer thoroughly and can relate your skills and experience to their specific needs</li></li></ul><li>3<br />.<br />DESCRIBE <br />YOUR BEST<br />ACHIEVEMENTS<br />
  10. 10. 3. DESCRIBE YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENTS<br /><ul><li> When answering questions about why you should be hired there, frame your replies in terms of the actions you took - and the results you achieved - in previous jobs
  11. 11. Quantify the results of your previous achievements where possible (e.g. I helped decrease costs by 25%)
  12. 12. “</li></li></ul><li>4<br />.<br />ASK <br />GREAT <br />QUESTIONS<br />
  13. 13. 4. ASK GREAT QUESTIONS<br /><ul><li>Pose Questions That Show Interest In Being Hired
  14. 14. "What additional information can I provide about </li></ul> my qualifications?”<br /><ul><li> "What are the next steps in the selection process?”
  15. 15. Pose Questions That Demonstrate Your Knowledge
  16. 16. “Can you tell me more about the statements your company made in its latest press release I read?”
  17. 17. “Will you be providing me with access to the latest software/equipment/techniques I’ve used elsewhere?”</li></li></ul><li>5<br />.<br />FOLLOW UP<br />QUICKLY<br />AND PROFESSIONALY<br />
  18. 18. 5. FOLLOW UP QUICKLY AND PROFESSIONALY<br /><ul><li> Send a customized “Thank You” note to each interviewer you meet with, and do so within three business days of your interview
  19. 19. Make sure you answer any outstanding questions the interviewer had, or provide information/samples they requested, when sending the Thank You note</li></li></ul><li>more on this topic:<br />Make The Most Of An Interview’s First 10 Minutes<br />Have Confidence At Your Job Interview<br />more career advice:<br />http://career-advice.monster.ca<br />join us on:<br />