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Step One- Know Your Target Step Two- Know Yourself Step Three- Practice Step Four- Dress the Part Step Five- Arrive Early Step Six- Make a Good First Impression Step Seven- Answer Well Step Eight- Ask Questions Step Nine- Be Yourself Step Ten- Follow Up
do ·Research the company ·Prepare by asking yourself questions ·Practice your answers ·Bring pen and paper ·Bring an extra copy of resume ·Be sure to arrive 10 to 15 minutes earlier ·Dress appropriately – one step up from a normal work day ·Maintain eye contact ·Wait to be seated
do ·Show a positive attitude ·Be honest ·Do show you’re a team player ·Do sell yourself – show interest and flexibility ·Be assertive, ask about the next step ·Follow-up by sending a letter or by telephone ·Specify why you are interested in the job and explain what you have to offer
don't ·Don’t be unprepared ·Don’t talk too much ·Don’t give yes and no answers ·Don’t be rude ·Don’t make assumptions ·Don’t lack energy ·Don’t neglect appearance ·Don’t give limp handshakes ·Don’t be too familiar
don't ·Don’t criticize anyone ·Don’t lie or “stretch the truth” ·Don’t name drop ·Don’t make excuses ·Don’t be too aggressive ·Don’t be indecisive
Open-ended Questions - Used by interviewers when they expect more than a yes or no answer. Some typical open questions are: "What can you tell me about yourself?", "Why are you interested in the posted position?" or "What are your most remarkable skills?". The best way to answer these questions is by doing the right research before going to the interview (check your own resume and the organization website) and by making a list of possible open-ended questions so you can rehearsal your answers before the interview.
Closed-ended Questions – Used by interviewers when they need to know a specific piece of information (years of experience, technical knowledge, etc.). These questions require a brief and solid answer. The best way to deal with these questions is by reviewing and making sure you don't have any doubts about your background and CV details. If the question requires a yes/no answer then always try to add a brief piece of valuable information to the answer. For example: "Are you experienced teaching children?" – "Yes. I have 4 years of experience and I think they have been really rewarding".
Hypothetical Questions – Used by interviewers to assess your problem-solving skills and to make sure you do have enough experience in the field to be able to face day-to-day problems. Of course, reply speed is also assessed. The best way to face these questions is by having all the required information so you do not give plain, meaningless answers. The best way to gather info is by asking follow-up questions before answering.
Leading Questions – These questions are assumptive ("So, you have a lot of experience in the Customer Service Area, don´t you?). The idea of leading questions is to get a specific response from the interviewee ("yes, as you can see in my CV, I worked as a receptionist for 7 years and…"). The only way to answer these questions is by not being caught off your guard. That is: Listen carefully and process questions before you answer them. The interviewer may be asking a leading question with a negative emphasis ("it must have been really difficult to get along with your boss as a salesman"). Always go for positive answers.
Multi-Barreled Questions – They check your reasoning skills. These questions are linked in such way that suddenly what seems to be one question are actually two or three questions about the same topic. First of all, remember that they are checking your reasoning skills so do not give an answer unless you truly understand the questions. Do not fear to ask the interviewer to either repeat or rephrase his/her question.
Behavioral Questions – Used by interviewers to check the behavior of candidates. This type of question states that the best way to know what a candidate will do is by knowing what he/she did in a similar situation in the past.
It is important to be completely honest when asked a question about a past experience, interviewers will ask for more and more details and it would be impossible to keep a lie going on. The best way to prepare yourself for these questions is by doing all possible research: What the company wants and what skills are required for the position. Get an Informational Interview to get and insight of the posted position.
Interview Questions: • Work History • Questions About You • About the New Job and the Company • The Future • Co-Workers and Supervisors • Your Abilities • Career Goals