An interview is not just a casual meeting between two parties; it represents an opportunity for you to sell yourself. It also provides an opportunity for the employer to evaluate your...

  • Qualifications
  • Attitude
  • Intelligence
  • Communication Skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Professionalism
  • Confidence
  • Stability
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Interview Preparation

Items to consider before the interview:
  • What are your career goals - both in the next job and 5 years down the road?
  • What do you like (or dislike) about your current job?
  • What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
  • Know the name of the company and if they are a division of another firm.
  • Know the number of employees, locations, and website address.
  • Know the details for the position you considering and its main responsibilities
  • Know who you will interview with and their title.
  • Know the directions to the interview -- plus a contact number in case you are detained.
  • Bring at least 3 copies of your resume.

Phone Interview Tips

Remember -- the objective of the phone interview is to gain an invitation for a personal interview
  • Do not bring up money, benefits, or vacation on your own at this stage.
  • Have a copy of your resume in front of you in order to be specific about dates, etc.
  • Have a pad, pen, and a copy of questions you want to ask.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet location where you will not be interrupted.
  • Smile and be enthusiastic - it comes through on the phone.
  • If at all possible, use a landline telephone to avoid cell phone static.
  • Let the interviewer do most of the talking.
  • Try to avoid 'yes' or 'no' responses. Use this opportunity to sell your skills and experience.

Handling Interview Questions

It is important to practice your responses to normal interview questions. We have listed some sample questions that you should become proficient in handling before your face-to-face interview...
  • What are your particular strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your short and long term career goals?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why are you looking to leave your current company?
  • What things are important your job satisfaction?
  • If asked directly about your salary requirements, simply reiterate your current compensation.

Body Language and Attitude

Your visual impression or body language, as well as your attitude, are just as important as what you actually say. Enthusiasm, interest level, and sincerity contribute to the 'chemistry' that often makes or breaks a hiring decision.
  • Nodding agreement encourages others to talk as well as letting them know that you understand what is being said.
  • Eye contact is one of the best aspects of body language -- Do not stare at the floor.
  • Have a firm (but not crushing) handshake.
  • Never sit until asked to do so by the interviewer.
  • During the interview, sit up straight and be attentive.

Interviewing Etiquette

Dress,Grooming, and Manners
  • Turn OFF your cell phone prior to the interview.
  • The best rule of thumb is always wear what you would wear if your biggest customers are coming to visit.
  • A suit is appropriate for men and women seeking professional positions.
  • 'Casual Friday' clothing may be acceptable for other positions, but jeans and t-shirts should stay at home.
  • If you are detained for any reason, Stop and Call.
  • Plan to arrive at the interview location at least 30 minutes early to give yourself time to relax.

Closing the Interview

  • When the interview is winding down, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time.
  • Reiterate why you believe that your experience will benefit the company.
  • Express an interest in moving the process to the next step. Ask what the next step is.
  • Close the interview with a firm handshake.

Follow Up

  • It is important to send or email a 'thank you' letter within 24 hours.
  • Be sure to obtain the business card of every interviewer so that you have the correct spelling of their name and title.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Call us after the interview (860.658.9390) so that we can discuss your impressions. We will be in contact with the interviewer on your behalf and will provide you their feedback and interest level.

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