Interviewing can be difficult, scary, nerve-racking, exciting, educational,
self-building, disappointing, and/or rewarding all at the same time.
(The interview starts long before you appear in the interviewer's office.)
Thoroughly research the organization to impress those with whom you
meet and to allow more time for you to tell your story and discuss specifics
of the position.
Some of the information you will want to know includes:
- Size of organization
- Location of facilities
- Product line or service
- Potential markets, products, services
- Name of recruiter and others you will be meeting
- Recent items in the news
- Others you know in the organization
Analyze your strengths and weaknesses and know exactly what you want
to say and do not want to say during the interview.
Know exactly how to get to the organization and be prepared to arrive
early and stay late
Prepare to bring additional materials to the interview such as copies
of your resume, a list of references, samples of your work, or transcripts.
Do not misrepresent yourself. You want to make
a good fit.
Explain who you are, what you've done and what
you can do.
You are selling yourself; the Recruiter does not know you.
Show enthusiasm. Know about the institution
and position for which you are interviewing.
How you present yourself can represent how you
think about yourself.
Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished
in your life.
It signifies how important a job is to you and
tells the Recruiter how reliable you are.
The eyes are the windows to the soul. Poor eye
contact is unsettling and leads to suppositions.
Speak clearly and properly.
Do not share negative experiences about your
last or current job. It gives the impression
of not being able to overcome challenging situations.
Be aware of the salary range of the job and
save the discussion for the end.
- Use the interview as a learning experience.
Take notes on what you would like to improve
after you leave the room.
- Send a follow-up letter to thank the interviewer,
and stress points in your background that qualify
you for the position.
- If you are not contacted within the specified
time, call to restate your interest.
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