Interview Tips


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In addition to interview strategies, there are also some interview rules to follow.  Keep in mind, every employer interviews differently.  Each hiring individual either follows strict or informal hiring guidelines.  You may receive an interview with a "tough as nails" hiring manager or you may be interviewed by a soothing, soft-spoken assistant who utilizes no structured interview questions at all.  No matter which one you receive, be prepared for the worse.  Below you will find a list of interview tips which will help guide you through both types of interviews.
 
1) Be confident, but not arrogant.  A common mistake people make is attempting to make themselves sound like superwoman or superman.  A company wants to know you can help them but not by taking them to the "Arrogance Super Bowl."
 
2) Answer positively.  From time to time, an interviewer will touch on a sensitive portion of your past, i.e., reasons for leaving, short-term employment, or lack of skills.  These are the times when you should say to yourself, "turn a frown, upside down."  Try answers like these:
 
       Reason for leaving: "I felt I needed to take my career into a more     positive direction,  which is why I am here with you today."
 
       Short-term employment: "Shortly after I began, I discovered that position was not going to challenge my abilities or allow the room to grow I require."
 
       Lack of skills:  "I am sure that at first glance it appears I do not have the necessary skills to fill the position, however, I am can assure you I have the drive to conquer any challenges you set forth.  I can definitely handle this position."
 
3) Laugh a little.  The interview will go more smoothly if you are relaxed and comfortable. Caution:  Don''t become too relaxed; a lax conversation can bring forth certain conversation topics that you aren''t prepared to talk about.
 
4) Don''t be afraid to answer a question with a question if you do not understand the question.  Get it?  For example, ask questions so that you may better answer the interviewer, i.e.,  "What area of the business are you referring to?" or "Can you elaborate further?"  I am sure I speak for most interviewers when I say, "I would rather you ask a question to get further details than answer the wrong question."
 
5) If you are relaxed, be cautious.  A relaxed person tends to "rattle" off more information than necessary.  Scenario:  You are relaxed, drinking the coffee they offered you, and you just completed the story about the funny thing your daughter did that morning before you left.  You feel this person is your friend and there isn''t anything you can''t tell them, right?  But, just as you think you have landed the job, the interviewer asks why you intend to leave your current position.  At first you may laugh, with the hopes you can compose yourself before you answer, but with no avail.  The dirt starts pouring out like a gossip session and BAM.  You just committed a big interview NO, NO.  Beware of the nice interviewer.
 

 
Author Teena Rose of Resume to Referral is a certified résumé writer, interview professional, and a credentialed career master.  Contact info available at: http://www.resumebycprw.com


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