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- Listen, Listen, Listen
- Review the company literature prior to interviewing – make sure you are fully prepared.
- Don’t say negative things about your present employer during the interview. It’s O.K. to think they are “heading in the wrong direction” or “aren’t providing new technical challenges.”
- Ask questions that relate to the business of the company. Examples: market share, profit margin, add-on business, how is the documentation and support?
- Show passion and interest in your recent jobs and accomplishments.
- Before the discussion ends, ask if you should clarify any points in the discussion.
- Be able to elaborate on the information in your resume and explain what your role was.
- Be prepared to speak in-depth about your accomplishments, strengths and weakness.
- Practice before you go in…Strategize about the flow of the interview.
- If interested, go after the job! Send a Thank You Letter.
Questions For The Interviewer
- Ask about the information you researched.
- Describe my job duties.
- Is this a newly created position?
- What are the companies short and long term goals?
- What do you like most about working for this company?
- What is a typical day like for you?
- To whom would I report?
- Whom will I supervise?
- Tell me about the training program I will experience.
- What is the company’s promotional policy?
- With whom will I be working most closely?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
Ending The Interview
When it appears that the interviewer is about to end the interview, there are certain points you should make sure you have covered before you leave the room:
- Be aware of the interview process yet to come before a candidate is selected for the job (e.g., another interview in same/other location, meetings with other individuals in organization, etc.)
- Ask the interviewer when you can expect to hear about a decision or ask when you should make an inquiry as a follow-up.
- Express your interest in the position and thank the interviewer for interviewing you.
- Ask for a business card or ensure that you have the interviewer’s name, title, address so that you can send a thank-you letter. Make sure your email/letter arrives within 24 hours of the interview.
Phone interview tips
Congratulations you’ve landed a phone interview. Just because this is not a physical interview does not mean that the meeting is not critically important. Preparation is the key to any successful interview. In order to leave a positive impression, please consider the following.
Choose the Right Place and Time:
- Make sure you have confirmed who is calling whom and at what number.
- If at all possible, use a land line not a cell phone.
- Choose a private place, at a desk if possible.
- Be ready for the call ten minutes in advance.
- If for some unforeseen reason you are running late, call and let them know before you are late.
- Research the company and position.
- Have prepared, written questions about the company and position. What is the company’s promotional policy? With whom will I be working most closely?
- Have the workspace in front of you cleared of everything except for the materials you need for this call:
- List of prepared questions
- Note pad and pen in order to take notes
- Understand your past accomplishments and how they can add value to this new position.
- Be able to effectively illustrate past positions and the reasons you left other jobs.
- If there are gaps in your employment history, be able to articulate the what and why.
- Make sure there is a smile in your voice.
- Listen well.
- Show enthusiasm and interest for the job.
- Be yourself and have fun.
- Thank the interviewer for his/her time.
- Ask about next steps in the interview process.
- Send personalized thank you notes to everyone you spoke with.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you think your interest in this career comes from?
Why have you chosen this particular profession?
What interests you about this job?
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
What can you contribute to this company?
What motivates you?
What turns you off?
If I asked the people who know you well to describe you, what three words would they use?
If I asked the people who know you for one reason why I shouldn’t hire you what would they say?
When you take on a project do you like to attack the project in a group of individually?
Describe the type of manager you prefer.
Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud and your contribution?
Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was difficult, how did you handle it?
What type of work environment appeals to you most?
With which other companies are you interviewing?
What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
Why do you feel that this company will be a career for you rather than a job?
Name two management skills that you think you have?
What characteristics are most important in a good manager? How have you displayed one of them?
Why did you choose this college and how did you arrive at this decision?
What factors did you consider in choosing your major?
Describe how your favorite course has contributed your career interests?
Since you have been at college, what is it that you are proudest of?
What has been your greatest challenge?
If you could change a decision you made while in college what would you change and why?