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Top 10 Interviewing Tips
- Know your company! Do your homework about the organization your interviewing with. The internet is an invaluable resource for this information. Make sure you know more than the minimum about your potential employer.
- Know yourself! Use a theme-based answer for "Tell me about yourself." Highlight the unique skills you bring to the job assignment; don't just share an oral resume.
- Practice! Interviewing is a skill that needs to be practiced - participate in mock interviews and seek critic'sfeedback. ldealy mock interview with someone you don't know.
- Ask questions! Prepare 3-4 good questions to ask the interviewer. They should be detailed questions to which you could not find the answers on your own.
- Hold the calls! Never take a cell phone into an interview even if it's set to vibrate setting. If you have a critical need to stay in touch with family, leave a receptionist's number with your family members. In an emergency, your family member can contact the receptionist who can interrupt your interview.
- Provide important details first! Most interviewees answer questions with unimportant details in the beginning and save the important result for the end. Unfortunately saving the important result for the end of the answer is when the interviewer's attention is the lowest. Get the most important result up front first, and save the detail as background information later in the answer.
- Organize your answers! Have a way to store daily experiences that could be used to answer interview questions. This can be in paper folders or electronically, but it needs to be ongoing. This library of experiences should be stored by skill so they can be easily reviewed prior to an interview.
- Watch non-verbals! Interviewees communicate non-verbal messages through posture, fidgeting, eye contact and many other ways. Videotape your mock interview to see non-verbals that you may be inadvertently communicating that would be distracting in an interview.
- Thank you! Always send a thank-you note to the interviewers. It should be short and sincere. Thank you notes should also be sent to any mentors, mock interviewers, and anyone that assisted with the job search.
- Remove doubt! The goal of an interview is for the interviewee to remove any doubts the interviewer has about them performing the job. Anticipate and remove those doubts by sharing why they are not relevant to your ability to do the job. The person who gets hired is the one who removes the most doubt with the interviewer - they will hire the person they are most confident in!
By Eric Hoss, author of "Removing Doubt in an Interview"