Interviewing Tips

Earn Respect-Be truthful. The word respect often elicits the word honesty. So, be tactful and honest with everyone you deal with -- that means owning up to mistakes if you've committed them.

Watch your appearance. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are a few small details that are often overlooked:

  • Dress for the position you're interviewing for. If unsure what to wear, dress conservatively.
  • Hair and nails should be neatly manicured.
  • Watch body language, stand straight and walk confidently.

Practice your handshake When you're meeting someone, give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and smile.

Be punctual Punctual people give off the impression that they respect everyone else's time. They, in turn, will respect your time.

Stay focused Whenever you're at a meeting or conversing with someone, it's best to maintain eye contact about 80 percent of the time.

Respect others Listen and don't interrupt. Speak positively and not critically of others. To get respect, you have to give it.

Being prepared for an interview is critical to your success! You will feel more confident during your interview if you have taken the time to prepare.

The following tips are provided to assist you:

Planning is key Do your homework before your interview! Become genuinely interested in the company and the people working there.

Research the company Look up the website and familiarize yourself with them. Being prepared and showing interest may give you an edge over others who didn't.

Practice for your interview. Practice with a friend or family member by answering commonly asked interview questions.

Your dress is also a key to your success! Your clothing should be well suited for the position you are interviewing for. If you have any doubt of what's appropriate, dress conservatively.

Perfumes or colognes should be minimal, if worn at all. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry and makeup. Hair and nails should be neatly manicured.

Bring extra copies of your resume with you to your interview.

Arrive to your interview 10 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

When greeting your interviewer. Stand tall and offer a firm handshake and introduce yourself while making direct eye contact.

When asked questions, answer honestly and refrain from answering with a simple "yes" or "no". Offer detailed information that supports your work experience. If you do not know an answer to a question, simply let the interviewer know. Do not make guesses or falsify information. Let the interviewer know how you have been effective in past positions.

Do not make negative comments when discussing former employers.

Ask questions about the organization's operations and goals. The more you learn, the better you'll be able to respond to questions.

If asked to complete an application, be sure to fill it out completely. Your resume does not replace the need to complete the employment history portion of the application. Be sure to proofread before submitting.

Upon completion of the meeting, thank the interviewer for their time and ask about the next steps in the hiring process. If you want the position you're interviewing for, take the initiative to tell the interviewer so he or she knows of your interest.

Take a moment to briefly summarize and reiterate your qualifications for the position.

Follow up by sending a thank-you letter to the person you interviewed with. Briefly state why you believe you're a qualified candidate for the position and express your interest in the position.

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