Job Interview Tips

  • Interview Attire

    Debateably on of the most important job interview tips is to be sure you look your best. Don't be disadvantaged by unfavorable "thin slice" judgements due to your appearance. You can learn more about interview attire throught the link to the left.
  • Firm Handshake:

    Extend your hand confidently and introduce yourself with a firm handshake. The dead fish, limp wrist or soggy slider hand shakes are immediate turn-off's.
  • Eye Contact:

    Direct eye contact, no shifty eyes, if your interviewer is an attractive woman don't check her out. Women know and can tell when you do, even if you think you can get away with it, we're sure you won't so don't do it. Regardless of gender, let the interviewer know your attention is with them and that your confident enough to share eye contact.
  • Smile:

    A smile is often overlooked but very important amoung job interview tips, practice it (yes, practice it!) a warm genuine smile at first introduction goes farther than you can imagine. Practice your smile in the mirror and then deliver it!
  • Posture:

    Seated or standing don't forget good posture, and the subtle queues that you give off with your posture. Physically leaning or moving closer suggests interest and engagement. Arms crossed indicates resistance. Be sure your facing your interviewer, your hands and arms are "open" and not clasped or tense. Be as inviting with your posture as possible.
  • Voice:

    Project your voice, speak confidently and articulate.
  • Listening:

    Your listening skills are just as important as your ability to speak. Be sure your not a bobble head nodding and agreeing the whole time. You'll only serve to convince the interviewer that your a yes man without a spine. When listening look for the nuggets that the interviewer gets excited about and key on them.
  • Job Interview Answers Tip #1:

    Answer the question. Don't keep going because the interviewer is waiting for more. It's a trap! Answer the question and stop. Let the uncomfortable moment of silence pass.
  • Job Interview Answers Tip #2:

    A good rule to follow is the STAR principal. Most interviewers are looking for STARs or thye will be impressed by them if their not. What's a STAR? Answer questions by discussing Situation, Task, Action & Result. Keep your action related answers focused on STARS! and remember, answer the question and stop.
  • Job Interview Answers Tip #3:

    Use your answers to convey the message you intended to convey. We'll touch on this in the job interview advice section but you should take advantage of answering questions asked by the interviewer as your opportunity to sell yourself and your message. It's a free shot to talk about yourself.
  • Job Interview Questions Tip #1:

    Advice columns everywhere tell you to ask good's another chance to show off. This of course is correct but don'task irrelevant questions just to prove your a smart dude. It's transparent, the interviewer can tell what your doing and it's not impressive. Ask relevant questions.
  • Job Interview Questions Tip #2:

    Find out what the interviewer is measured on, what their priorities are and how they manage. If they are worth what they are paid, they will have very definative answers to these types of questions. And, just like you, if they answer and stop or if they babble on and on it's telling.
  • Job Interview Questions Tip #3:

    This interview is not about them grilling you. It goes both ways (although don't think of it as a grilling). Your interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Ask questions about organizational priorities, the last time leadership shifted, organizational culture, the interviewers future and professional goals etc.
  • Job Interview Advice #1:

    Do your homework. Find out as much as you can about your interviewer, the company/organization, the job requirements, the job challenges, etc. Come into the conversation prepared. The better you can anticipate their needs the better you can share how you can help
  • Job Interview Advice #2:

    Strategy...have a game plan coming into an interview. formulate a plan to accomplish specific objectives. Is there something specific you want them to know about you? Is there a project you worked on that you think is relevant to the position? is there a need they have that you're perfect for? Is there a message you want to convey? Formulate a plan and execute the plan throughout the interview, anticipate typical interview questions and prepare ways to talk about the things you want them to hear.
  • Job Interview Advice #3:

    Your selling yourself. Make sure you don't sound like a salesman but do make sure you get your tag lines and marketing snipits in. Think about what the interviewer is going to remember of your conversation and craft your messages to make sure they walk away with the message and tag lines you choose, don't let random observations be the meat of thier impression.
  • Other Job Interview Tips:

    Remember, the interviewer is human and believe it or not, there is likely to be some degree of anxiety on their part too. They don't want anyone to know they are paid more than their worth! (see Peter Principle) Help them get comfortable as quickly as possible and you'll fair much better.
  • Other Job Interview Tips:

    Be prompt (should go without saying)
  • Other Job Interview Tips:

    Secratary's and administrative assistants are the gate keepers and usually the real boss. They tell the manager what to do, when to do it and sometimes how. Most executives would be lost without them. Make sure your respectful, attentive and particularly kind to them.
  • Other Job Interview Tips:

    Screw luck, go kick some ass and "get" the job because you're qualified and deserve it, not because it was given to you! Think like it's yours and go "take" it!

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