The purpose of the job interview is to give the interviewer the opportunity to evaluate your application to determine if you can do the job, whether you will fit in and if you are the best candidate for the position? The interview also gives you, as the candidate, the chance to better understand the job and the organization and determine whether the job will offer you the opportunities you may want for advancement or experience? Keep in mind that even though you may possess excellent office technology skills, the prospective employer will also be evaluating your personality, attitudes, professional appearance and ability to communicate. Your ability to convince a prospective employer that you can make a real contribution to their department or company will depend on how well you prepare for the interview. In addition to reviewing the soft skills required by most employers today, follow the guidelines below to help you prepare for your interview:
Know the date, time and address of your interview.
Know the best way to get to the interview and how long it will take to get there. Prepare a map through mapquest or Google maps and do a trial run if time allows.
Know the name of the company/business, the job title of the position you are applying for and the name of the person who will interview you. Write down this information.
Read the job description carefully to understand the job duties, salary and qualifications required, etc…)
Research the company/business by going to their website. What are their products/services? How old is the company/business? How many locations are there?
Have copies of your resume, a typed list of your 3 references and their contact information, copies of your certificates, diplomas, letters of recommendation and your portfolio or samples of your work (if applicable.)
Review the information on your resume and practice your answers to the basic and in-depth interview questions.
Follow the Dress for Success guidelines.
Does body language matter? Yes, learning to use positive body signals and control negative ones during an interview can have a significant impact on your job search and on the new job, says Martin Yates, author of “Knock ‘Em Dead.” Martin recommends the following general suggestions on good body language for the interview:
Can you tell me about yourself?
Can you tell me about your experience?
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your biggest weaknesses?
What would you like to be doing in 3-5 years from now?
What salary are you looking for?
What was your greatest accomplishment in your last job?
How do you react to working under pressure?
Do you enjoy working independently or as part of a team?
Do you require close supervision when you work?
In the United States there is a federal law that forbids employers from discriminating against any person on the basis of marital status, sex, age, race, national origin or religion. Therefore, interviewers who want information on these topics need to phase these questions very carefully. For instance, an interviewer cannot ask what your native tongue is but he/she can ask you what languages you speak and write fluently. It is also illegal for an interviewer to ask your age, if you are married, plan to have any children or what church you belong to. For a complete description of illegal questions and how to handle them, visit Martin Yates blog on Illegal Questions at Knockemdead.com.
Informational Interview Tutorial: :http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html
The Job Hunting Handbook – Everything you need to get hired by Harry Dahlstrom