- Make a research about the company.
- Dress properly.
- Update your resume.
- Prepare your own question.
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How to get a job interviewStep 1.
Make your resume look neat and professional by using a resume paper that looks plain and simple. Make sure to only print your resume using black ink.
Write a cover letter that is specific to the job you are applying for. Make your cover letter short and straight to the point. On your cover letter, make sure to address how you found the job opening (ex: advertisement on a job search engine online) and highlight one of your best professional and personal asset that would make you a great candidate for the job you are applying for.
Step 3Also keep your resume simple and limit it to 1-2 pages. Most hiring managers are very busy and does not have time to read long resumes. On your resume, make your objective is specific to the job you are applying for. If you don't have a lot of professional work experience, focus on highlighting other skills that you have acquired through other experiences such as volunteer work, personal, and educational.
Make sure to only apply for jobs that you qualify for. The job requirements are usually listed on companies' job listings.
Follow specific application processing instructions from the company. These instructions can usually be found on the job listing. For example, if the instruction says "no phone calls please", make sure to not call even if you have an urgency to follow up on the status of your application.
Only submit your resume or job application once. Duplication of submission of resumes and job applications causes more unnecessary paperwork for hiring managers.
How to Prepare For A Job Interview
Step 1Submitting an outdated resume will almost always eliminate you as a possible candidate. Below is a list of the top things to look out for when updating your resume.
Update your Resume
Update your Resume
1. Work Experience: If your last job was listed in 2005, most employers would assume you have been out of work for the past three years.
2. References: If an employer attempts to call an individual on your reference list and that individual’s number is not accurate, or that individual is unaware they are listed as a reference, you will leave a poor impression with employers.
3. Education: It is okay if you are in school, just specify when you expect to graduate. Further, if you have taken a break from school, clearly state that as well.
You want to know more about the company than any other candidate, which requires a little extra effort on your part. Visit the company website and search engines to find:
Research the Company
Research the Company
a. Recent and past business dealings
b. Products and services
c. Company successes and failures
d. Changes in management and/or ownership
e. Their mission and vision
f. Their short term and long term goals
g. Who their customers are
h. Who their major competitors are
The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel. Not only should you look into popular interview questions, but you should practice them in front of a mirror as well. Pay close attention to facial expressions and body language as they speak much louder than words.
Prepare for Job Interview Questions
Prepare for Job Interview Questions
Make sure you dress for success. Within the first ten seconds of meeting an employer, you will have already made an impression with an employer. How do you want them to view you? I suggest a nice pair of pants, a dress shirt and a tie, and if appropriate, a suit jacket.
Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Not only does it make a good impression but it gives you the ability to analyze the office. Pay close attention to:
1. Organization: Does the office, or waiting room, seem clean and organized or messy and stressful?
2. Employee Expressions: Do the employees seem happy, stressed, angry, upset?
3. Promptness: How long does it take before you are noticed?
4. Friendliness: How does the individual who notices you greet you? Do they offer you a place to site? Something to drink? When an employee walks by do they acknowledge you?
5. Professionalism: When you are greeted, does the greeter shake your hand? Approach you or yell for you to have a seat? Is the greeter chewing gum?
6. Effort: How is the office, or waiting room, organized and decorated?
During an interview, information is equally exchanged. The employer will have questions for you and you will have questions for the employer. Because you don’t want to interrupt the employer, having a notepad will enable you to write down important information and questions you may have.
Bring a Notepad
Bring a Notepad
How to Have a Great Job InterviewStep 1
If you are going to a job interview, there is a chance that you were let go (or fired) from your previous job. If this is the case, let go of your guilt or bitterness and go into the process knowing that you have learned something from your previous experience, and you are more experienced NOW than when you got your previous job. Go into the process with excitement about the possibilities and confidence that down the road your future employer is going to be happy they hired you.
If this is a process by your choice (you chose to change jobs), you may have a lot of nervousness. Try to use that nervous energy to your advantage by searching and applying for as many jobs as you can that sound like they would be a good fit. Don't rest on one interview or opportunity, keep on going until you sign that contract. This will also keep you from thinking about an interview you had and driving yourself crazy from wondering whether or not you got the job.
Attitude is a big part of the equation in job interviews. There are numerous psychological studies that show that attitude has a huge impact on a person’s performance and success in their lives. It DOES make a difference. Be confident, be excited and be persistent. Also, never underestimate the power of prayer. It works.
Step 2INTERVIEW PREPERATION
Employers know that prospective clients will associate your performance, personality and professionalism with the company. That is why they are looking for someone who will "attract" clients; someone who will be a credit to the company. That is why it is very critical that you walk into the interview prepared and informed.
DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE COMPANY, IT'S INDUSTRY AND IT'S COMPETITION
Knowing something about the company, its industry and its competition says a lot about you in a job interview. First, it shows initiative. You aren't just showing up for a job, you are showing real interest in the company and its interests. Secondly, it shows the employer that they are not going to have to have to teach you everything about the company.
UPDATE YOUR RESUME
Nothing says "lazy", "unprepared", "not what we are looking for" like an out of date, sloppy, grammatically lacking resume.
I would also recommend styling your resume to make it stand out; add a subtle but creative border around the page, if you feel comfortable and that it would be appropriate, put a SMALL, TASTEFUL head shot of yourself on the page. This is especially effective if you happen to be an attractive individual. It's sad that it may sway an employer, but it could and you need to take every advantage you can.
LOOK YOUR BEST
This is an obvious one, but make yourself presentable. Get your interview clothes clean and wrinkle free. Get your hair cut if it has been a while. Clip your nails. Brush and floss. Get your breath fresh right before the interview (but don't suck on a mint during the interview, that can look unprofessional). POSTURE! Posture is a big one. Walk in standing straight up, shake hands firmly with each of the interviewers and introduce yourself and sit up in the chair with your hands folded in front of you. Leaning too far FORWARD in your chair can make people uncomfortable (it can make you look desperate or too intense). Leaning too far back can make you look arrogant or indifferent to the opportunity being presented to you.
Also prepare some questions ahead of time about the position and the company. This will help you get your questions answered and again show the company that you have put thought into the process and are concerned about where you work (showing an employer that you are discerning is not a bad thing so long as it doesn't come off as selfish or insulting)
I heard a statistic that 90% of firings come from personality issues in the office. That is why during the interview process you need to remain professional and friendly NO MATTER WHAT! This will put the interviewers at ease and in turn, will put you more at ease.
ANSWER QUESTIONS EFFICIENTLY.
Be upfront with your answers with appropriate elaboration, but don't go on and on. You want them to get their answers, a little peak at your history and personality, but NOT YOUR LIFE STORY! For the most part, unless they are asking you a very detailed hypothetical question, your answers should only be a few sentences long. NOT PARAGRAPHS!
You aren't a comedian, so you should not try to be one, but humor can be an immensely powerful thing. When you feel it is appropriate (appropriate means subtle humor, used every so often...not over the top stuff every 2 minutes) use subtle, appropriate humor in your answers. Using effective humor will subconsciously associate you with good feelings in the minds of the interviewers. If it comes down to you and another prospective employee being hired for the position and you are equally qualified, there is a VERY good chance that you will end up with the position if the interviewers liked your personality better than the other person. These sub conscious feelings can have POWERFUL effects on people. Use it to your advantage. It's not necessarily fair, but it is what it is.
This is where you bring out your pre-prepared list of questions. Having this ready shows preparation, concern and insight to your employers; all things they want in an employee. This will also help you get any questions answered or concerns addressed. Don't be afraid to ask tough questions, but always keep your composure and don't be rude.
ENDING THE INTERVIEW
Thank them for the opportunity and let them know you look forward to hearing from them. Shake the hands of all the interviewers. It shows class and professionalism.
POST INTERVIEW ADVICE
Keep on looking for more interviews. Expect the worst and hope for the best with each interview. Keeping yourself busy with other job opportunities will help you from thinking about previous interviews to the point of driving yourself crazy.
When you finally do get the call that you are hired; be thankful, be happy (but subdued) and ask them what the next step is.
How to turn an Interview into a JobYou don't have to fear that upcoming interview. I will share with you what worked for me. This goes a bit beyond the typical dress appropriate and be on time.
Step 1CALL the day before your interview to confirm the appointment (time, location) and ask if there is anything you need to bring with you. This helps you stand out from the other candidates, shows interest and preparation.
Do RESEARCH on the company you are interviewing with, this will build your comfort level, will assist you in answering a few key questions and again will show your interest in the position.
BODY LANGUAGE is huge in an interview! Have an open posture such as slight forward lean, uncrossed legs and arms. Mirror their gestures to help build rapport by sitting in a similar manner, similar hand movements, facial expressions. Of course your not copying every move, just slightly mirroring.
So, do YOU have any QUESTIONS ? Always say YES to this and have a few questions prepared, have at least 6 ready since some of your pre prepared questions may have been answered during the interview. Speak as if you already work with the company, ex. instead of asking What are your goals for....? say What are our goals for....?
Your interview IS OVER *whew, give them a nice firm handshake (as you did when you arrived), thank them for their time and always, always follow up with a thank you phone call or email. When doing this, again, mention a point or two why you would be great for the position.