Interviewing Tips Prepping for the Interview with Your Recruiter
Before you walk into
any interview, you should know as much about the company
After you have studied
the company, write out a list of questions to ask the
Sample questions follow:
Why is this position
Interview Questions to be Prepared For
No one can predict the exact questions that an interviewer will ask, but your recruiter should be able to give you a good idea of the hiring authority's personality, his or her typical interview demeanor, and a few important questions that the employer is likely to ask. To prepare, think about how you would answer the following questions:
Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing
Arrive 15 minutes
early. Late attendance is never excusable. Clarify questions. Be sure
you answered the questions the employer really asked.
Get the interviewer
to describe the position and responsibilities early in the conversation
so you can relate your skills and background to the position throughout
Give your qualifications.
Stress the accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
professionally. Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile,
make eye contact, don't slouch and maintain composure.
Make your first impression a professional one.
is probably the most important ability of all. By concentrating not only
on the employer's words, but also on the tone of voice and body language,
you will be able to pick up on the employer's style. Once you understand
how a hiring authority thinks, pattern your answers accordingly and you
will be able to better relate to him or her.
Closing the Interview
Too many people second-guess themselves after an interview. By closing strongly and asking the right questions, you can eliminate the post-interview doubts that tend to plague most interviewees.
If you feel that the interview went well and you would like to take the next step, express your interest to the hiring authority and turn the tables a bit. Try something like the following:
''After hearing more about your company, the position and the responsibilities at hand, I am certain that I possess the qualities that you are looking for in the (title) position. Based on our conversation and my qualifications, are there any issues or concerns that you have that would lead you to believe otherwise?''
You have a right to be assertive. This is a great closing question because it opens the door for the hiring authority to be honest with you about his or her feelings. If concerns do exist, this is a great opportunity to overcome them. You have one final chance to dispel the concerns, sell your strengths and end the interview on positive note.
A few things to remember during the closing process:
Don't be discouraged if no definite offer is made or specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to communicate with the office first, or interview other applicants, before making a decision. Make sure you answer the following two questions: ''why are you interested in the company?'', and ''what can you offer?.'' Express thanks for the interviewer's time and consideration. Ask for the interview's business card so you can write a thank you letter as soon as possible.
When you get in your car, immediately write down key issues uncovered in the interview. Think of the qualifications the employer is looking for and match your strengths to them. Call your recruiter! Follow-up now is critical.
A ''thank you'' letter should be written no later than 24 hours after the interview.
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