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There are some things you should Ieam about your prospective employer in order to ensure that when the next list is made, you are the only name on it.

Be Informed

  • Know exactly what it is you are applying for ¬†and what you will be asked to deliver
  • Thoroughly understand the nature of the company’s operations, the range of products produced, and how you can contribute.
  • Get to know the company’s main competitors and anything else about the industry.

Appearance and Posture

  • Do not slouch and sit up straight. Overconfidence or nervousness is easily detected.
  • Dress in business attire that is comfortable and be well groomed.
  • Be polite and do not get distracted by a tough question.

Build Rapport

  • Show enthusiasm by arriving 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled start.
  • Demonstrate interest in the job and remain attentive throughout the interview.
  • Be honest. Misrepresentations can only hurt your chances of getting the job.
  • Show that you understand and care about the company’s needs, not simply your own.

Project a Positive Image

  • Have a positive attitude and demonstrate confidence in your ability to do the job.
  • Never tell people what you cannot do, tell them what you can.
  • Salary, perks, and benefits generally should not be discussed at the interview. There will be time for this after the offer is made.

Tough Questions

  • Answer tough questions briefly and directly.
  • Take time to think before answering. A pause can make your answer seem more profound
  • Try not to get rattled and remain positive with your replies.

Ask Questions

  • Always be prepared to ask the interviewer at least three questions.
  • Think of questions to ask before the interview starts and make one up based on what you have learned during the interview.
  • Make a good impression with questions like:
    • Why is the job available?
    • What is the company policy on promotion, and performance evaluation?
    • What makes your company/product/this position unique?
    • What are the job functions?

To do well at interviews you will need to polish your interviewing skills. You can do so by being prepared to answer each of the following questions. Before you go to an interview, practice answering the following questions with someone you know well. Be sure to ask for honest feedback.

Early Background

  • What do you consider to be your most important accomplishments while growing up and why?
  • What important values did you acquire during your early years? Education
  • How did your education prepare you for your current career?
  • What kind of student were you?
  • What were your favorite courses? Why?
  • How did you make use of your spare time?

Work Experience

  • How did you select your career? Who influenced you most in your decision?
  • Of past positions you have held, which did you like most (or least)? Why?
  • What were the events that led to your departure from your last position?
  • If we were to contact your most recent boss as a reference, what would he/she say about you?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • How did you get along with your co-workers?

Personal Effectiveness

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What adjectives would others use to describe you?
  • What are your three greatest strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • In your career to date, what would you consider to be your one greatest achievement?
  • Have you even been fired or asked to resign?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

General Questions

  • Why are you interested in working for this company?
  • Why are you looking to change careers?
  • How do you account for the gaps in your employment history?
  • What do you think about traveling?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?