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10 Tips for Acing That Interview|
By Rita Fisher
The more you know about what the company does and how they operate, the better. Use this knowledge at your interview. One way to use this knowledge is to expect the almost inevitable lull moments during the interview.
When there is a lull in the conversation in the middle of the interview, you can ask a question similar to this: "What other long term strategic objectives do you want to achieve by the merger with Smith and Lawrence, LLC, besides the industry branding and increased market share?"
2. Dress comfortably and conservatively.
Ladies: No fleshy jewelry or heavy makeup. Wear a medium to dark color suit, or a dress with a jacket. Or a jacket and skirt together. Choose a light colored shirt to go with the skirt or with the suit, preferably white or ivory.
Both gentlemen and ladies: Make sure that your overall appearance is as professional and as perfect as possible.
3. Treat everyone you come in contact with at the company as if they have authority to hire you (in fact, they might have, you never know.)
The company receptionist can easily give insights to the hiring authority about how friendly you were with him / her, how nervous you appeared in the waiting area and of any other behavioral and / or attitude related observations that might weigh heavily in a second-interview and later, a hiring decision.
4. Make and maintain good eye contact with the interviewer during the interview.
5. If you are nervous, feel free to say so.
Acknowledging your nervousness and anxiety often reduces it and interviewers are usually very understanding. Remember, it has been known that people hire people who they feel comfortable with. So, make yourself as comfortable as possible!
6. Ask questions, don't just sit there waiting to be interrogated.
And because you have just as much right to find out everything about the company as they have finding out about you, you can turn the table around with these sample questions:
"In your opinion, what are the most relevant abilities for this job?"
"How would you describe the long-term goals of the company?"
"So, I have heard that the company is expanding its production line to include xyz gadget. When are you starting the production of these?"
7. Make sure you indicate that you want the job!
8. Make sure that you have several copies of your resume with you in case the interviewer asks for it.
It's best to be prepared. Have AT LEAST 5 originals with you but 10 would be even better. Just in case.
9. Have your professional references listed on a separate sheet of paper.
When the interviewer asks about your references, voila, you will have them right there to present to him / her. If you are interviewed by a panel, you don't have to give your reference sheet to every panel member. Just give your reference sheet to the hiring manager. But only if he or she asks for it. Most likely, they will.
Having your references ready and with you for the interview shows a high degree of preparedness and professionalism.
10. Follow up IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INTERVIEW with a thank-you letter.
If you want to outperform your competition and leave a final, positive impression with the person who interviewed you, you need to send a thank-you letter or a handwritten thank-you note.
If you were interviewed by a panel, you should send a letter to each of the panel members but only if you have the CORRECT spelling of their names and job titles. Can't stress correct spelling enough!
Get the names from the receptionist upon leaving, if you have to. Or call afterwards. Do anything to get the CORRECT spelling of the names with the correct job titles. The company's website is a great source for this type of information. Look at their about us or officers page, etc.
If you are typing your thank-you letter on the computer and printing it out, use the same quality and type of stationery you used for your resume and cover letter. If you are sending a handwritten note, use quality thank-you notes, big enough to include these elements:
GOOD LUCK TO YOU! GO AND GET THEM!
Rita Fisher, Owner of http://www.BestCareerChangeResumes.com is an award-winning Certified Professional Resume Writer who has worked with career changers for 6 years. Her work with job seekers has been mentioned in a book on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She develops powerful resumes and offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all resume services. For a free Job Hunt eBook, contact Rita at RitaFisher33@comcast.net.
Copyright 2000-2006 by Rita Fisher, CPRW http://www.BestCareerChangeResumes.com
Posted January 2006 By Afro Staff
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