1) Be on time (be early), 2) Look the interviewer in the eyes and use their name every few sentences of your response, 3) After asking the interviewer about what some of the organizations greatest challenges are, respond with a comment that shows how your skills/experiences can help to solve some of the organization's challenges...
Evelyn recommends the following next steps:
Always, conduct research about the company you are going to. It’s important to be able to respond to the question if asked:” why do you want to work for our company”. You need to be able to share how the company values, culture, and mission statement relevant to your last experience, your cultural view-this is an valued question -because every company drives on executing its mission and wants to make sure every associate delivers daily.
Dress for success- this is your visit card as they say. People greet you by the way you dress and make final judgement by the way you speak. Dress for success- doesn’t mean that you need to wear expensive attire-it simple means- make sure you suit is back, blue, whit ear blue shirt, it’s clean and ironed. You nails and hair is approved the company you are going to-you might have personal preference and religious views and it’s perfectly ok as part of the company diversity and inclusion but it’s not recommended to show it all at your first interview as you want the focus to be on you and your answers and not on your jewelry.
Have your resumes- at least 3 just in case they will be another person to interview you on the same day and you did not expect it. Have a notepad with questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.
Arrive for the interview 15 minutes earlier-being late for your first interview is a sign of past attendance issues as well as a sign of showing no respect for the busy schedules of your interviews.
Smile, speak slow, don’t chew gum. Compose your answers before responding .
- Research the company
- Practice interviewing with a friend/family member
- Dress professionally and be on time (5 minutes early). Make sure you print out copies of your resume and bring them with you as well
- Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically. During the interview, watch your body language; shake hands firmly and make eye contact as you articulate your points. Pay attention, be attentive, and look interested. This is something you can work on in your practice interviews.
- During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you're not paying attention, you're not going to be able to give a good response. It's important to listen to the interviewer, pay attention, and take time, if you need it, to compose an appropriate answer. It's also important to discuss your qualifications in a way that will impress the interviewer.
- Make sure you ask questions about things that may be important to you (company culture, etc...). And always follow up with a thank you note or email.
Solid answers above me. I'll add a couple details that have helped me.
Tell me about yourself
When someone says "tell me about yourself", don't take that as an invitation to tell them your life's story. Spend 1-2 mins max talking about your relevant background for the position and details that will open up conversation about the job you're interviewing for. You don't need to mention that you were the star of the high school varsity team for a job in accounting. But do help an interviewer understand the journey to interviewing for that accounting job.
Answer using the PAR method
PAR = Problem, Action, Result. When an interviewer asks you a question, they need context into the situation. Providing the problem at hand, the actions you took, and results from those actions will provide clarity.
When an interviewer asks you if you have questions, always say yes. If you don't, you'll come across as unprepared and unexcited. Ask real questions that you have about the job. The more thought out, the more better!
Send a thank-you email
After your interview, ask the recruiter or the person interviewing you for their email. Send a brief thank you about what you appreciated, enjoyed, or learned about during your conversation. Some people say this is a "nice touch", but it's a requirement. Always do this.
Write things down
Candidates for a job often make the mistake of not writing things down. You're presumably learning a ton about a position you may be in. Take notes on a notepad, write down questions, and show that you're engaged.
First, it’s important to know what the company does, who is the founder, what is the history , how and where they contributed to their communities, what are the financial and reviews for last and this year.
Make sure-you review the qualifications required for the job and be able to respond with your past experience. It’s important to tell the how, the why, and the process/behaviors you have demonstrated in the past that led you to success. Employees want to see that you are a good, strong communicator.
Customer service- this is an important part-being bake to share your past experience about dealing with clients. Have you dealt with a difficult client and how did you overcome and still provided exceptional client experience. Have you worked on a team project- what were some of the problems encountered during the team project (different opinions, ets) how did you complete and delivered the project on time.
Ask questions- always prepare 3-4 questions that you want to ask at the end of the interview.
Ask about next steps of the interview process. Take business cards and send out a Thank You email.
Dress for success- bring 3 resumes with you.
Wishing you good luck
For interviews, my advice is always answer truthfully. You may use this format.
1. Present a situation that you have had to handle, what actions you took and what were the results
2. Do not beat around the bush, provide specific and detailed answers, give examples if needed
3. Clarify questions if you did not understand it the first time
4. If this is a phone interview, prepare. Make sure you are in an area where you will not be distracted by anything - people coming in and out, noisy background. If face to face, maintain eye contact.
5. Always be early regardless if this is a phone or face to face interview. Remember if you cannot be on time for an interview, you can give the impression that you are not interested at all.
Hope that helps.
Definitely research the industry and company.
Clarify your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job.
Anticipate the interviewer's concerns and reservations.
Prepare for common interview questions.
Line up a couple of questions for the interviewer.
Practice, practice, practice.... the more interviews you do the better you will become.
Relax and remember to smile !
Best of luck to everyone interviewing :)
Research the company you are interviewing with. Most employers, especially larger ones, have plenty of information online at their website. Search for new stories on them. Publicly traded companies will usually have their annual report online. If not, the SEC will have their public 10-K on their website:
You can often find out things like: their products, their sales focus, changes over the last few years (new product, dropped product, bought/sold a subsidiary). You can look at their income statement ("how do they make money?") and balance sheet.
Not only does this show you are actually interested in their firm, but it provides you with things to say to "Do you have any questions?" You can ask "how is this strategy going?" "This was noted in your annual report, why is that a concern?" These questions can also serve to give you a broader insight into the industry from an experienced professional, even while focused on this one particular employer.
Cathy Miller, PMP
Make sure you have done your research on the company so you can answers questions easily like:
- can you explain to me what our business does?
- why do you want to work for our company? (if they have won company awards mention this!) (have you seen positive reviews of their company online?)
- who are our companies biggest competitors
I think it always stands out to the interviewer when you can talk about their company to them
Make sure you ask questions either throughout, or at the end of the interview.
behave and dress professionally (this will be the brand you bring in to work)
be yourself (if your personality works with interviewers hopefully your future co-workers)
DIRECT answer to the questions (dont waste interviewers time because we make time to come, if you dont understand the questions, ask them to elaborate)
remember that interviewers are looking for a yes/no answer from you. if they ask you to elaborate, then go ahead. otherwise, dont go on and on how you will learn it.
lastly, show appreciation before and after the interview how this one means to you.
1. sleep early
2. I like to wear something with a neutral colour
3. mentally visualise the interview tomorrow.
4. visualise the questions that are going to be asked. Google common questions asked in your industry
5. always prepare to talk about yourself, go through the list of achievements and careers so far.
These are my personal tips
Some first interviews start on the phone. Please make sure you are in a quiet location where both parties can hear; Do not interview while driving, you are distracted and not really focused. Eating while interviewing is just rude
It's important that you give that first good impression whether in person or on the phone. You only get that once chance. Do your research. You applied for the job, go back to the job description and review.
I can't tell you how many people I've spoken to who know nothing about the company or the job they applied for.
Anthony Carlo Rabadan
If you are applying internally with a company you already work for, make sure to reach out to a few people that are already doing the job and ask them about the position. Qualities of a good candidate ect
Do some research on STAR format interviews. This is a good way to answer any question from an interviewer. You provide a situation, task, your action and the result of your action.
I would set up some sample questions ahead of time and practice answering them.
Having a 30-60- 90 plan would be good as well. Build some sort of content on what you want to do if you get the position you are applying for.
If you have previous job experience (even if it was bagging groceries) try not to paint your pervious employer in a bad light or say negative things about your former manager. Hiring managers don't want to hear negativity. Find a take-away from your previous job that can be applied to the position your interviewing for.
know about the organisation you are interviewing for
Express and interest in the role you have applied for.
Make sure you ask sensible questions about the position, organization and relevance to the interview
At the end of the interview - ask for feedback, how did you do and will you be moving to the next stage.