Interview Tips

  1. Wear a business suit for all interviews. No-one ever was turned down for a job for being dressed too professionally.
  2. Arrive five minutes early. Everyone knows not to be late…but studies show that arriving early can be almost as bad as it may cause the interviewer to rush through a previous meeting.
  3. Fill out applications completely. Avoid writing, “see resume” and always be truthful when filling in your salary history.
  4. Bring two to three fresh, unfolded copies of your resume and reference list in a file folder or large envelope.
  5. Stand and introduce yourself professionally. Stay friendly and relaxed with everyone you meet, including the receptionist. First impressions are the lasting ones; studies show that company representatives often make hiring decisions in the first 15 seconds.
  6. Go into detail every chance you get. “Yes” and “no” answers are not enough to get you the job. Have stories that illustrate your accomplishments ready to go for all situations.
  7. Don’t make negative remarks about present or former employers. When explaining your reasons for leaving, communicate your motives professionally.
  8. Salary and benefits are very important…but not appropriate topics to bring up at the first interview.
  9. Be prepared to ask questions during the interview that are based on your research of the company and industry. Avoid questions like, “what is a typical day like?”, and replace it with “what are the tasks that need the most attention or carry the highest priority?”
  10. Do your research before you interview. You should be ready to answer the questions, “What
    do you know about our company and the position you’re applying for?”
3 Responses to “Interview Tips”
  1. jwrodden says:

    I’ve heard 15 minutes as the standard rule for when to arrive at an interview, also being too early can be a problem as well. Also I’m going to have to disagree with number 3, there’s really no way for an employer to legally find out how much you were making at your former job so bumping up your salary a little bit will give you a decent starting point for negotiating a salary if a position is offered. From what I’ve encountered employers will typically straight out tell you what you are getting paid, but if you’re looking for a pay raise from one job to the next it could be detrimental to let them know what you were making before. This is especially true if you ever decide to contract work (as I do) as the recruiter will try to low ball you, so if you come in way above what you actually want chances are you two will meet somewhere in the middle.

    • jwrodden says:

      EDIT: Missed the part about arriving early in number 2 my bad.

    • I understand where you are coming from in your thoughts on number 3 – but I have to disagree. It is extremely important not to lie about your salary. I would never suggest anyone to lie about this, only because I did, and got caught. I told the new job I was making close to 35, when in reality I was only making 30. I wanted to make 40K. Well, they made me prove that I was making the amount I stated, and got caught for lying. I would still recommend to anyone applying to a job, if you do lie, only lie but a VERY small amount. You do not want to get caught in a lie, because then you will have no opportunity for a job.

      Also, the 15 min rule. Get to the interview 15 minutes early, but sit in your car until 10 of and walk in. There are places that either do not have sitting room or the person you are interviewing with may be in another interview and you would rush them, which also hurts your first impression to them.

      Thanks 🙂

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