Whether new in the job seeking industry or senior in it, mentioning the word interview causes ripples and butterflies in the stomach sometimes, a running stomach for the weak. The reason for this is because it is the most integral and determinant part of whether your response will be ‘welcome aboard’ or ‘it was great having you, we have your CV in our databases and will contact you should an opportunity arise’. When you receive an invitation for an interview, consider doing and avoiding the following:
- Dress appropriately. This does not mean that if you are in an interview for, say, an engineer, u should be adorned in an apron. It means the clothing you wear should reflect a successful person in his career. Neatly pressed and respectful clothing.
- Greet your interviewer with a steady handshake. It should not be weak neither should it be crashing.
- Sustain a regular eye contact. It should not be an excuse to stare or give a fierce look.
- Conduct some small research about the company and match it with your abilities so that when you sell yourself they will feel your need and therefore retain you.
- Be confident. Maintain a good posture, be audible enough and let them see ‘I can do it’ through your actions and words.
- Do ensure you arrive to the interview venue on time.
- Treat those you meet in the interview with courtesy and respect. They might be asked for their opinions of you when they will be hiring.
- Do not tell them anything negative of your last employer. This is irrespective of whether he was actually bad. They might get the idea that when you leave them, you will do the same thing to them.
- Never lie. A lie is a lie whether written in your CV or spoken. Every company hiring seeks an honest employee to trust with its resources.
- Do not ask about salaries and other benefits until the interviewer puts the offer forward. It will only show your interest in the salary than the job.
- Don’t be blank in your answer. For example, don’t give only a yes or no as a response to a question. Explain your answer vividly as much as possible.
- Do not show how frustrated or desperate you are for the job. Just give your best, the rest is up to the interviewer. Expect no sympathy or favor.
- Do not let your cell phone ring. Put it in a silent mode. Don’t ask for an excuse either to take a call. It’s inexcusable and a sign of unseriousness.
- Do not chew or smell like a smoker or drunkard.
A Selection of Interview Quotes
“I didn’t list listening as one of my skills, probably because I didn’t hear what the interviewer asked.” ~ Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible
“I’d rather strive for the kind of interview where instead of me asking to introduce myself to society, society asks me to introduce myself to society.” ~ Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Three people are interviewing for a job. The first thinks his odds are 33.3 percent of landing the job. The second guy, so sure of himself, thinks his odds are 100 percent. The third guy, however, knows he has a 50 % chance of getting the job, and a 25 % chance of getting convicted of murder. He likes those odds.”
~ Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
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