Interviewing/Application Tips

1. It is important to remember that preparation always pays dividends...so learn as much as possible about the company and the opportunity prior to the interview.

Often you can get ample information about the company from their Web site. Or, stop bye or ask the marketing department to send you their company literature. Most companies will Fed-Ex it if you request it.

2. Bring a clean copy of your resume (printed on white paper - 8 1/2 X 11).

3. Prepare questions for the interview.

4. Be prepared to discuss your previous employment.

5. Be on time. In fact, it is always best to be at least 15 minutes early.

6. Listen carefully and wait your turn to speak. Take notes and if you have a question or two, write them down and ask about them at a more appropriate time.

7. Always tell the truth on applications and in an interview.

8. Ask what the next step will be and offer times that you would be available for the second interview.

9. Make sure you understand a question before you attempt to answer it.

10. Avoid discussing salary during the initial interview. If you are asked what will it take to land you, respond by saying that it is hard to say without knowing the full scope of the opportunity. Or,give a wide range (e.g. $50-60K). On the written application, put "negotiable" or give a range.

Common Interview Questions

1. Why are looking for a new position?
2. What are your strengths?
3. What are your weaknesses?
4. Describe your ideal position.
5. Describe your ideal manager/supervisor.
6. Cite some examples of your ability to be a team player.
7. What was your quota and how did you do against quota?
8. Have you received any special recognition for your results?
9. What motivates you?
10. Why should I hire you?
11. What would you like to be doing three years from now?


Body Language during an Interview

1. Never sit until asked to do so.
2. Firm handshake, not bone crushing.
3. Maintain good posture and don’t fidget.
4. Maintain good eye contact.
5. Remember to think happy and smile during the interview!
6. Sit upright (don’t slouch) in the chair.


Interviewing Etiquette

1. What should you wear? You want to look your best, but remember this is a business meeting not a social event.
2. Avoid heavy make-up, cologne or perfumes.
3. Don't smoke for at least an hour prior to the interview.
4. Be prepared to take a drug test.
5. Call if you are going to be late.
6. Close with a firm handshake and "Thank You"
7. Send follow up letters to all the people you interviewed with.

Good Questions to Ask in an Interview

1. Why is the position open? Expansion or Replacement
2. If the position is open due to replacement, ask what happened to the previous person was held the position.
3. Please describe the organization of the company.
4. Ask the hiring authority what are the short/long term goals for this department and how do they relate to the company as a whole?
5. What are some of the abilities and skills needed to be successful in this position?
6. What support or training will be available to help me learn what I need to know?
7. How much will I be expected to travel?
9. Establish if there are formal salary and performance evaluations? How often are they done?
10. Tell me more about the company’s management style.
11. Describe your management style.
12. What positions could I potentially move into? What is the criteria for moving into those positions?
13. Who are your competitors and how does your company stack up against them? How does your firm differentiate yourself from them?
14. What is your projected market position in the next five years.


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