These free job interview tips will help you prepare for your next job interview. Read these tips before your next interview.
The key to succeed in a job interview is to be well prepared. What to do & not to
do during your next job interview. Following the job
interview tips, see "when a job interview doesn't produce a job
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- Research the company before you attend your interview i.e.,
website, annual report... etc..
and practice before the interview. The more you prepare, the better
chances you have of succeeding.
- Plan to ask questions. Asking
questions gives you the opportunity to show your interest &
gives you the opportunity to find out if this Company is the right
place for you.
- Dress professionally in simple business attire.
to arrive a few minutes early.
- Turn off your cell/ hand held/
mobile phone prior to attending the interview
- Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
- Have a firm handshake.
straight and make eye contact.
- Sit erect and lean forward in
the chair, to show your interest.
a good listener as well as a good communicator.
- Be prepared to answer open-ended questions,
like, "Tell me about yourself".
- Keep in mind the product you are
selling is you.
- Give them reasons to buy, by emphasizing what you can bring to the organization.
- Talk about specific achievements.
- Don't answer with a
simple "yes" or "no". Explain whenever possible.
- Don't make
derogatory remarks about
your present or former employers.
- Don't smoke, even if you are invited to. Don't
- Never inquire about salary, vacations or
the initial interview. You will be in a stronger position once they decide
to hire you.
- At the end of the interview, ask about the next step in the process.
the interviewer for his/ her time & for the opportunity.
you may be asked to come in for a second interview and sometimes a
third interview. Apply same tips as above & be consistent in your
answers with the answers you gave in the first interview..
- Thank the
- Always follow up with a
thank-you letter to everyone you have spoken to.
you haven't heard from the employer within the time frame given to you at the interview,
follow up with a call, note or email.
When a job interview doesn't produce a job
- Poor personal appearance.
- Lack of focus. Be clear about what you want & what you don't
- Appearing too eager or too anxious. Listen 75% of the time &
talk 25% of the time.
- Poor references. Always contact your references before you attend
interviews & if you are not sure of what they will say, ask them.
It's also a good idea to give them a copy of your resume.
- Poor attitude. Don't be arrogant.
- Very high salary expectations.
- Lack of common sense.
- Qualified, but not the most suitable for the job.
- Lack of potential.
- Late arrival to the job interview.
- Not being self motivated.
Related topics we'll be adding soon: phone interviewing & answers
to the most asked interview questions.