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Interview & GD Tips

We will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace a job interview. From checking out the company to sending an interview thank you note, these job interview tips cover all the basics needed for interviewing success.

Interview Tips:
Do some research on the business before the interview. (See "How to Find a Job," "Research the Employer.")
Practice interviewing.
Go alone. Do not take children or friends.
Greet the employer with a handshake.
Make frequent eye contact.
Smile, be polite, and try to relax.
Listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused.
Answer questions as directly as possible.
Be upbeat and make positive statements.
If you've worked before, talk about what you learned from it.
Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
Bring your "Fact Sheet" with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked to complete an application. (See "The Application," "Fact Sheet.")

Questions to Expect (What the Employer May Ask You):
Tell me about yourself. (This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related.)
What do you know about the type of work we do? (This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.)
What is your weakness? (Always make this a positive answer. For example, "My spelling is not always perfect, so I always use a spell checker.")
What are your strengths? (Describe your skills in a way that will show you as a desirable employee for the company.)
Why did you leave your last job? ( Answer with a positive statement. Try not to say: "I was fired," "terminated," "quit," "had no babysitter," or "couldn't get along with coworkers or supervisor". However, you can say: "new job," "contract ended," "seasonal," "temporary," "career change," "returned to school," to raise a family," or "relocated.")
Why have you been unemployed for such a long time? (Tell the truth. Emphasize that you were looking for a good company where you can settle and make a contribution.)
Why should we hire you? (Make a positive statement, such as "I would like the opportunity to work with you and believe that I can do the work.")
Do you have references? (It is most important that you contact your references ahead of time and have their name, current address, and telephone numbers.)

Questions To Ask The Employer:
Who would supervise me?
When are you going to make a hiring decision?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What kind of training is provided or available?
Is there a dress code?

Pitfalls (Reasons Why People Don't Get Hired):
Untidy personal appearance
Inability to express information clearly
Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm
Unwillingness to start at the bottom
Negative attitude
Lack of eye contact
Incomplete or sloppy application
Being late for the interview

Closing:
At the end of the interview:

Thank the interviewers for their time.
Request a business card.
Shake hands in closing.
Two or three days after the interview send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers.


Thank You Notes

After your interview, be sure to write a thank you note to the employer or interviewer. This is very important because a thank you note gives you one more chance to remind the employer about the special skills that you can bring to the company.