Check out this short video, and remember to apply these tips when preparing for your next job interview.
7 Tips to Remember
1. Be Aware: know that you are always being interviewed. Some people mistakenly believe that the interview process begins when you arrive at the location – not true! It begins from the first email or phone contact you have with whomever arranges your interview. Everyone involved in the hiring process will want to know what everyone else thought about their interactions with you.
2. Walk the Walk: be prepared to be mobile. Before you arrive for the interview you should have a good idea of how the organization is laid out, separate or inter-connected buildings, etc. At some point almost every interview includes a tour of the facility, or organization. At a minimum you should expect to walk from the interview site to speak with human resources.
3. Look the Part: dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Some would suggest that you should dress to impress, which isn’t a bad rule of thumb. If the organizational culture is one where everyone wears a coat and tie for men, and similar business attire for women, make sure you show up looking the part.
“People like people who are like themselves.”
4. Check your Self: look in a mirror right before you go into the interview. A simple trip to the restroom will save you a ton of embarrassment. You would be amazed at how your cinched tie becomes askew just be adjusting your shirt. Or how tissue residue on your face can distract the interviewer. During the interview you want all eyes on you in a good way.
5. Hygiene: Oral and Personal. For tobacco users, few things are more off-putting than the arrant tobacco flecks on your mouth, bad breath, stained teeth, or the odor of smoke in your clothes. Remember “everything communicates.” So what does poor oral or personal hygiene communicate?
6. Be conscientious: mind your P’s and Q’s (Please and Thank Yous’). While anyone can fake their way through an interview, character can’t be faked indefinitely. Holding the door for others when you arrive at the location, greeting the receptionist with a smile and courtesy, saying thank you before and after the interview.
“Good manners are a sign of good character, but common courtesy is an indication of professionalism.”
7. Don’t dance around an answer: answer the question that was asked. Few things are more bothersome than when an interviewer has asked a specific question and the interviewee incorrectly looks for ways to answer around the question, or worse – answer the question with a question! Yes, that does happen…but usually not more than once.
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