How to Pull Off A Job Interview
An interview gives you an opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. The following information provides some helpful hints:
- Lean about the organization you will be interviewing for.
- Have a specific job in mind.
- Review your qualifications for the job.
- Pretend to be an actor trying out for a part. Your attire plays a supporting role. Dress according to the industry standard.
- Know the exact location you are going to so you can arrive at least 10-minutes early.
- Be nice to everyone you encounter, including the receptionist.
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
- Be poised.
- Be positive; never speak negatively of your previous or current employer.
- Respond intelligently to question and provide examples of your experience as it relates to the question.
- Be honest.
- Prepare intelligent questions to ask the interviewer. This is a good time to determine if this is the type of company that you want to work for, but remain tactful, cordial and respectful.
- Make notes after the interview so you can include important details in your “thank you” letter.
Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your changes of landing that dream job.
- Know the purpose of your resume.
- Back-up your qualities and strengths.
- Keep the objective brief and consistent with your education and experience.
- Be honest.
- Each resume should be tailored to the job you’re seeking. Prioritize accomplishments, skills and experiences that are relevant to the prospective employer.
- Concentrate on describing key experience and skills.
- Make sure you use the right key words.
- Use effective titles.
- Bullet sentences to describe your experience. Do not write paragraphs. Each sentence should begin with an action word like achieved, administered, analyzed, budgeted, coordinated, designed, implemented and strategized.
- Be sure to have your resume proofread by someone other than yourself before distribution. It must be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
- Use high-quality, bright white paper.
- Save your resume as a text (.txt) document in order to copy and paste it on-line.
- Do not send your resume as an attachment unless the prospective employer directs you to do so.