After the interview.

You should prepare, and mail, a note to the appropriate parties thanking them for the interview the same day. Keep it simple, neat, to the point, and avoid typo’s and spelling or grammatical errors at all costs. It should consist of three short paragraphs saying; “Thank you for the opportunity to interview”, “I am confident […]

Interviewing: Why are you looking?

Rule #1 is DON’T degrade your present or past employers. If you’re explaining why you left a company or why you are currently considering a change, give them the benefit of the doubt and be charitable regarding their shortcomings. Go ahead and point out problems you’ve encountered, but offer possible solutions you explored and were […]

Interviewing: The Salary Question

Many candidates have a very difficult time answering questions about expected income. A few will even bring up the subject of pay and benefits during interviews. The latter is easy to correct, but responding to the salary issue can be difficult. What salary are you expecting? Or what kind of income do you want? “Mr./Ms. […]

Interviewing: Asking Questions

  Just as it’s easier to talk about yourself when you’ve prepared in advance, it’s easier to ask questions about their situation if you’ve given it some forethought. Any questions you ask on the initial interview should pertain directly to the job you will be expected to perform. DO NOT ask questions about vacations, money, […]

Answering Interview Questions. Part 2

NEVER answer a serious question with a joking answer. Pick up on the interviewer’s reaction and body language, and cut your answer short if he appears bored or impatient. DON’T be afraid of silence; Once you’ve closed your mouth, DON’T open it again until asked another question. Nervous people have a tendency to ramble. NOTE: […]

Answering Interview Questions. Part 1

The most important thing an interviewer will get out of an interview is a subjective feeling about you, and you should do everything you can to enhance that feeling. Allow the interviewer to control the interview, and concern yourself only with the content. Your answers should show you are enthusiastic, sincere, and courteous. Eye contacts […]

I was a perfect fit for this position. What happened??? Part 2.

INTERVIEW ETIOUETTE Be very careful NOT to become too familiar during an interview. DON’T sit down until the interviewer does or invites you to do so. DON’T smoke or chew gum, sit up straight with your feet on the floor, NEVER touch anything on the interviewer’s desk, and avoid using profanity even if the interviewer […]

HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF

Honesty is generally the best policy. Hiding something or telling a lie can change your personality as you struggle with guilt feelings. It is important, however to distinguish between a question calling for a fact and one calling for an opinion. Always answer the latter to your best advantage and avoid controversy. Stick to the […]

Screening or Hiring Interview?

Distinguish between a screening interview and a selection interview. A screening interviewer is only looking for facts and for a reason to reject your candidacy: His purpose is to weed out unacceptable candidates. This is often the case with a preliminary telephone interview, and is a situation where you should play not to lose. Be […]