INTERVIEW TIPS


Interview Techniques

An employer has viewed your resume and cover letter and decided that the anonymous individual whose name is bolded at the top is qualified to work within their company. Now it is time for that company to meet the person behind the resume. It is time for you to impress your future employers with your Body language, your dress code, your manner of speech, your personality, your confidence, your intelligence and your interview skills. If you want to your employers and land your dream job, you need to learn the interview tips and tricks that guarantee interview success. It is important that you learn such things as:

• The proper way to make eye contact.

• How to answer job interview questions effectively.

• Styles and dress codes for your job interview.

Interview Techniques for Success

Most job interviews are remarkably similar. There will be times when you will be asked to perform a task, make a presentation, or do something unusual that that you may not have prepared for, but otherwise, job interviews tend to have a lot of similarities. Those similarities allow you to employ proven successful interview techniques in order to maximize your chances at impressing employers.

Interview Communication Tips

Communication is the key to a successful interview. Communication means equal understanding from both parties. Though the answers you provide to the interview questions are important, how you present those answers is even more important. Communication tips include:

• Be Proactive – Make eye contact, introduce yourself, and shake the hand of everyone you meet at an interview, including staff on your tour. Don’t simply wait and hope that those you meet will introduce themselves.

• Speak Clearly – If you need to take a few seconds to gather your thoughts, do so, but try to avoid mumbling, confusion and losing your point in the conversation.

• Stay Calm – As you speak throughout the interview, your hands should be generally immobile. Not only should you try your best not to fidget, but you should also not use hand gestures to make your points. Keep your hands in front of you as you speak and use them only to shake hands with others and sign your contract.

The interview humor

• Talk only about relevant skills.

• Be open.

• Be reasonable and know your price.

• Employer Speak: what they say and what they mean by it

• Responsibility.

Mistakes for Job Seekers Make

• Not spending enough time on the cover letter/introductory email.

• Not customizing your resume.

• Failing to do research ahead of the interview.

• Spending too much time networking online only.

• Casting too wide a net.

• Not practicing for the interview ahead of time.

• Showcasing your responsibilities instead of results.

• Wasting resume space.

• Focusing on starting salary.

• Freezing come negotiation time.

Mistakes in technical phone interviews

While a technical phone interview is not very different from the other interviews, it does require a different type of presentation. Here, what you speak is just as important as how you speak. In most cases the interviewer will be far more interested in your ability to solve a technical problem or to talk about the latest software release than anything else.

• No preparation

• Lying about technical knowledge.

• Trying to cheat.

• Poor Communication Skills.

• Lack of enthusiasm.

1.Looking sloppy or having a stain on your clothing.

Wrinkled or stained clothing will be noticed a mile away. No matter how nice the rest of your outfit is, if you have a stain on one part, it will ruin your entire look. Plus, it’s a dead giveaway for you lack of attention to detail. If you’ve ever hear the saying, “how you do anything is how you do everything,” it could hold more true in this situation.

2.Not being prepared with your questions and answers.

Before you go into your interview, you should always go over some questions you think you could be asked. While you don’t want your answers to sound rehearsed, you definitely want to sound prepared. If you are asked a question and don’t give an intelligent answer to it, the employer will most likely move on to the next candidate. This includes your resume as well. If the interviewer asks you about a previous job you have listed on your resume and you can’t remember because it was so long ago, you will only make yourself look bad and unprepared. Brush up on everything that you have listed on your resume – it’s fair game for your interview.

3.Talking about salary too soon.

Don’t jump the gun regarding salary. Wait until the interviewer gets to know you a bit and or asks you about it before you start talking about it. If you only want the job because of the money, it will show and hurt your chances of getting the job. Most often there are several candidates who are competing for the same position you are. The company isn’t going to give the job to the person who is only in it for the money. While it is completely reasonable to negotiate your salary, make sure you do it at the right time.

4.Being late.

Always be on time for your interview. Make sure you have the right directions and allow plenty of travel time including traffic to get there. If you are late for an interview, your employer might see that you will probably be late showing up for work. Of course, there are some exceptional situations where you might be late and if one of those arises, make sure you call and let the interviewer know.

5.Lying.

Always tell the truth about your past job history and anything that is asked of you at your job interview. If you lie, it will be a matter of time before the employer finds out.

6.Gossiping about a former boss.

Nothing will make you look worse than talking badly about a former boss or place of employment. If you talk badly about your previous employer, chances are you will talk badly about this company if you get hired. Nobody likes a gossip. Plus you never know who knows who so it’s best to keep your personal business personal.

7.Having a bad odor

Bringing a strong odor into an interview can be very distracting. Don’t wear any perfume or smoke a cigarette right before your interview. You never know what kind of allergies the interviewer may have and this is not a great way to find out. Try not to smell like anything so your interviewer can concentrate on you instead the smell.

8.Being fidgety.

If you are fidgety and anxious, the interviewer will sense your lack of confidence. Before you go into your interview, take a few minutes to collect your thoughts and take a few deep breaths. Make a point to make eye contact with the interviewer to create a good non-verbal connection.

9.Not listening carefully.

If you don’t listen to what questions the interviewer is asking you, you are basically saying that what you think is more important that the question they are asking. Make sure to listen to exactly what they are asking and answer the right question. If you don’t listen carefully during the interview, you will probably not be great at following direction on the job.

10.Appearing desperate.

Interviewers can pick up on this right away. It’s ok to be enthusiastic about wanting the job, but there are limits. Keep your emotions out of the interview and focus on the skills and experience you can bring to the table.