Resources & Tools: Interview Tips
Since first impressions do count, here are a few tips to help you look and feel confident before and during your interview:
Investigate the Company
Play the role of a detective: research their website, uncover information from your LINK representative, "investigate" the company's product or service. Build a case why you want to work for the company.
Take Care Of Business
Your body should be unscented. Your hair washed; your hands and nails clean. Dress for success. Don't smoke before an interview. Don't chew gum or mints during an interview.
Turn off your cell phone, vibrate mode is still a distraction. Leave all personal items in the car.
Be Early For Your Interview
Get to the interview 10-15 minutes early in case you have to complete any paperwork. Take a copy of your resume to give to the interviewer.
Be prepared. Make eye contact. Shake hands when you enter. Be enthusiastic and glad that you are there. Ask before sitting down or wait to be invited to take a seat. Shake hands when you leave and thank the interviewer for their time.
You want to be a good listener, and don't interrupt the interviewer when they are speaking. Answer all the questions, but don't be afraid to ask questions, too. You will flatter your interviewer.
Respect The Interviewer's Time
Watch your interviewer's body language. If he or she starts to fidget, or look at their watch then go for the close. See the explanation below under this commonly asked question, "Do you have any questions?"
Commonly Asked Questions
Here are several commonly asked questions that you should be prepared to answer:
Why did you leave your last job?
Be honest. Think about how you will answer this question before going to the interview. Don't get caught saying bad things about an employer or supervisor. Instead, focus on what you want to do in the future and keep the conversation positive.
Tell me about yourself.
Talk about your job skills and strengths. Describe specific examples of how you have used your skills and strengths on the job. Be careful not to delve into your personal life too much, if at all.
What are your strengths?
Give a few on-the-job examples: detail oriented, good communicator, team player, problem solver, good with my hands, etc.
What are your weaknesses?
This is not the time to reveal short tempered, late for work, and bad back. Pick a weakness you are working to overcome such as computer skills, juggling multiple projects, and time management.
What makes you well suited for the position?
Link your strengths to what you know about the company.
Why do you want to work here?
Mention something that you learned from the company's website. "I like your focus on customer service. That's one of my strengths." Do not talk about salary, benefits or lunch breaks.
What did you like best about your last job?
Talk about a personal accomplishment or a company achievement.
What did you like least about your last job?
Don't be negative about the company. Be positive about your future: "There was no opportunity for advancement."
Do you have any questions?
Go for the close: "I know I will make a valued contribution to your company, what are the next steps in your hiring process?"