Don’t be caught off guard in the interview – Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!!
Plan Ahead – Do your homework. Research the company and the position if possible. Review your work experiences. Know the exact place and time of the interview and plan to arrive a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
Make a Great First Impression – Always wear proper attire and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and enthusiastic smile.
Eye Contact – Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show you want the job with your interest.
Be Positive – Always avoid negative comments about past employers.
Be Descriptive – Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no”. Provide explanations whenever possible. Describe things about yourself which relate to the situation.
When preparing to interview with our clients, we recommend you be prepared to answer the following questions. This will help you provide the information the interviewer wishes to know in a very focused and polished manner, as well as allow you to come away with a good understanding of the position and the company.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your career and personal goals?
- What are/were your duties and responsibilities in your current and previous positions? (give more details for the more current positions)
- What did you like and dislike about your previous jobs?
- How would you characterize your working relationships with co-workers, superiors, and subordinates?
- Why do you want this job?
- What do you like about the company?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What are your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?
Not only should you be prepared to answer questions, you should also prepare to ask well-informed and insightful questions.
- What are the major duties, responsibilities and objectives of the position?
- What kind of background is necessary to be successful at the position?
- To whom does the position report?
- What challenges will there be with this position?
- With whom will I routinely be interacting?
- What is the size of the company, the division, the department?
- How will the company be progressing over the next five years?
- Over the next few years, what is thought to be the progression of this position?