Be Prepared
Always have some extra résumé copies with you. It would be a good idea to have copies of your reference list and salary information sheets available during the interview as well. That way, if the interviewer requests references or salary information, you can provide them on the spot. Having these printed ahead of time, on stationery that matches your résumé, will show that you think ahead.

Dress and Grooming
Whenever possible, visit the firm a day or two before your interview to determine the corporate culture and dress code. Every organization has a dress code, even though it may be unwritten. Look around and observe people in positions similar to the one you will be interviewing for and dress accordingly. In general, dress conservatively and neatly. Avoid wild colors, flashy jewelry, and heavy makeup or fragrances.

Be On Time
Never be late, but don’t show up in the interviewer’s office 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment . . . arriving too early or late implies that you have no respect for the interviewer’s schedule. Arrive at the location 15-30 minutes in advance to give yourself time to determine exactly where the interview is to take place and how long it may take to get through the waiting area. After you’ve determined these things, wait in your car or a public waiting area. Relax and spend the remaining time preparing yourself for the interview.
  • Arrive at the interviewer’s office about five minutes before the scheduled interview so you’ll be announced right on time. The interviewer will be impressed with your punctuality and everything will get started on the right track.

  • There’s no excuse for tardiness . . . the interview will be over before it’s started.

Why People Are Hired
  • Positive attitude.
  • Good communication of skills.
  • Professional presentation, including résumé, letters, phone calls, and interviews.
  • Past experience supports qualifications for the opening.
  • Applicant has done his/her homework; asks knowledgeable questions.
  • Professional manners and appearance, including appropriate dress and personal grooming.

Frequent Complaints About Interviewees
  • Poor communication - talks too little/too much; is evasive, too nervous, etc.
  • Poor preparation - asks no questions; has no information about the company.
  • Lacks job/career goals; is unsure of long-term objectives.
  • Too concerned about salary, scheduling, vacations, etc.; appears not to care about the company, only wants a job.

Be Prepared To Answer:
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What do you know about our company . . . this industry?
  • What do you consider a satisfactory attendance record?
  • What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Why were you fired?
  • Describe a difficult problem/person you’ve had to deal with.
  • How does your present job relate to the overall goals of your company?
  • Do you have a degree?
  • How did you pay for college?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • What are your biggest accomplishments?
  • What are you making now (salary)?
  • What is your salary requirement?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What will your references say?
  • In what areas do you feel your last supervisor could have done a better job?
  • How has your job changed over the past few years?
  • What did you like/dislike about your last job?
  • What do you think you will you be doing five years from now?
  • What have your other jobs taught you?
  • What types of decisions do you make on your current job?
  • Why have you changed jobs so frequently?
  • Why were you out of work for so long?
  • Would you be willing to take a drug test as a condition of employment?
  • You have a doctor’s appointment that conflicts with an important business meeting. What will you do?
  • Sell me on hiring you.

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