When it comes to a job interview, one could have more than enough experience, posses the required skills, have a great educational background, and have the most exquisite resume. However, one foul-up during the interview could send all of that down the drain. Below are some useful tips to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls. After reviewing the content on this page, click here for tips on how to prepare for a job interview.
Before The Interview
1) Be on time. If possible, take a trip the organization’s location a few days before the interview to get an idea of the amount of time you will need for transporation. The day of the interview, give yourself extra time in case of delays.
2) Relax. Think of the interview as a conversation. Be positive, and show self-confidence.
3) When greeting the interviewer meet him/her with a smile, a firm handshake and eye contact.
4) Do not sit until you are asked.
5) Do not slouch when sitting.
6) Maintain eye contact.
7) Listen very carefully to the interviewer and take mental notes.
8) Display your initiative by talking about the functions you could perform that could benefit the organization.
9) Be prepared to ask questions when asked, “Do you have any questions?” Use your prepared questions and base some of your questions on what the interviewer asked you (see # 7 above).
10) Avoid salary issues.
11) If you are asked how much money you expect, give a broad range with a 8 – 15 thousand dollar spread. Click here for websites that can assist you in finding out how much a position pays on average.
After The Interview
1) If the interviewer doesn’t bring up the paid salary for the position, ask by saying, “What is the salary range for this position”?
2) After the interview, shake the interviewer’s hand and thank him/her for their time.
3) Reiterate your interest in the position/company.
4) Ask if you can contact the interviewer in a few days to check on the status of your application (and/or which way is best to contact the person – phone, email, etc.). If the interviewer offers to contact you, politely ask when/how you should expect their notice.
5) Send a “Thank you for the interview” letter. Be sure to send the letter before the hiring decision is made.
6) If you are not contacted within a week after the interviewer told you he/she would, contact the interviewer.