Job Interview Prepare for your interview
Calling your Interviewer Do Don’t Be casual Be a mumbled speaker Be a comedian Be smart mouthed Be unwilling to contribute to the conversation • Be respectful • Be cheerful • Be intelligent • Be serious • Be informative • Make eye contact
The day of the Interview Do Don’t Get up late and have to hurry Dress poorly (press your clothes) Use too much cologne or perfume Use to much makeup or jewelry Smell bad Wing it • Get up early • Shower • Dress appropriately • Please use deodorant • Be prepared • Be on time • Know the route to get there
Never wear flip flops • Never wear sneakers • Always wear clean shoes • Always wear pressed, clean clothes • Be careful and conservative with jewelry and makeup What to wear Dress like you already have the job. If you are interviewing for an office job wear what the office people wear. If you are interviewing for an outside job wear denim pants with no holes and a clean pressed shirt.
Greetings • Be friendly and considerate to the receptionist or secretary. They may be asked about your behavior while waiting. • Wait patiently until you are called into the interview room. • Make eye contact and say hello. • Shake the interviewer(s) hand firmly. • Sit with ankles crossed (girls) or knees at a right • angle. Never cross your legs. Wait to be invited to sit down.
Introduction So tell me a little about yourself
What questions to expect • Why should I hire you? • Who are your heroes? Why? • What grades did you get in Math? English? • How many days did you miss from school last year? • Why shouldn’t I hire you? • If I called the people on your reference list, what would they tell me about you? • Have you ever been fired from a job? • URL Practice your answers with a friend here is a site that offers great suggestions for answers.
What questions are they not supposed to ask? • Have you ever been charged with a crime? • Are you pregnant? • Do you have aids or ever tested positive for HIV? • What are you planning to do for childcare? • Are you planning on having children? • Are you involved in litigation now? • Just because they are not supposed to ask these questions does not mean they won’t. Answer truthfully or respectfully decline to answer with: “ I am not comfortable answering that question at this time, but I would like to tell you that I am involved with nothing that would interfere with my work here.”
What questions to ask • Can you walk me through a normal work day? • Will I have a chance for advancement if I prove myself? • Will there be an opportunity for overtime? • Why did the last person in this position leave? • Who do I report to? • Are there benefits to this job? • Stay away from questions about wages in the first interview.
The goodbye Stand when the interviewer stands, this is your cue. Offer your hand for a handshake and tell them you appreciate the time they took for the interview. Let them know you want the job. “I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.” Or “I appreciate your time interviewing me, I am interested and really want to work for you.” Look back as you exit. Smile and say good-bye to the receptionist/secretary. Remember you have a better chance to get the job if everyone likes you.
After the interview Right After Offer/Rejection If you are offered the job and want it ask for a second interview to discuss particulars such as wages, benefits and hours. If you do not want the job respectfully decline. If you are not offered the job be kind and ask if there was anything that would have changed their mind. It may help you in the next interview. Also, do not burn bridges, you never know, if the person they hired does not work out they may call you instead. • Write an email or letter of thanks. • Be respectful in the letter. • Seriously consider whether or not you want the job. Decide before they call you. • If they do not call you in a week then call them. Ask to speak to the person that interviewed you. Let them know you are still interested. They may want to know who is a go getter. Be that go getter. • Do not be obnoxious. It can be a great learning experience no matter the outcome.
Interview examples • Please view the two videos below. They represent two examples of what to do and what not to do.