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Interviewing 101

October 28th, 2014 · 2 Comments

There are so many things to discuss when it comes to interviewing – what to wear, how to properly answer questions, body language, follow-up, etc.  Today, let’s just focus on some of the basics.

The first thing I recommend after landing an interview is to learn more about the company.  You should already have an idea of what this company is about since you applied for a position, but it’s a good idea to learn more.  Check out their website.  Learn about their history, products/services, partnerships and any other helpful information you can find.  Typically, the interviewer will ask the question “What do you know about our company”.  This is your opportunity to wow them with the knowledge you gained from doing a little homework.

Secondly, dress for success.  This is definitely the time to put on your Sunday best – but keep in mind any possible dress code policies the company may have.  For example, if you are interviewing in a factory or manufacturing environment, it’s a good idea to wear steel-toed shoes just in case you get a walk through.  If you’re not sure, ask the person who scheduled your interview if there is anything you should consider.  (Ladies, wear close-toed shoes and jewelry that is easily removed.)

Third, prepare your answers.  Think about what you’re going to say.  Interviewers typically ask similar questions, “What are your strengths and weaknesses”, “Where do you see yourself in five years”, “Why should we hire you”.  Take some time and really think about what you’re going to say so when you are at the interview, you’re not searching for answers.

Prepare some questions as well.  After the interviewer has asked you their question, he/she will ask “Do you have any questions?”  This is a great opportunity to show you that you are really interested in the position.  My favorite question to ask is “What is your interview and hiring process” meaning are they going to have multiple interviews prior to making a job offer?

Lastly, follow-up by sending a thank you note.  It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular but it’s a nice gesture and again shows you are interested in the position.  The person interviewing you should have given you a business card with their email address and physical address.  Personally, I recommend a hand-written thank you, but if you prefer to email that’s acceptable as well.

For some people, interviewing comes natural.  For others, it’s a painful process.  Just take a deep breath and be yourself and you’ll do fine!

Be sure to check out future tips on interview!

Good luck!

 

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