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Interviewing

¨  What’s In It For Them.

¨  Look up the company, research their industry and their competitors.

¨  Glassdoor.com – Interview questions for top companies.

¨  Manta.com – Find out about the company, and their competitors.

¨  DON’T be nervous. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

¨  Be enthusiastic and excited, smile and stay positive.

¨  Know the company culture.

¨  DON’T go in under dressed.

¨  Know the name of your interviewer, the location, the date and the time of your interview.

¨  Research how to get there – plan for delays.

¨  Look up train schedules

¨  Arrive about 20 minutes early to allow for security checks.

¨  Have ID ready for building entrances.

¨  Plan extra time during rush/lunch hours.

¨  DON’T arrive at the company office more than 15 minutes early. 

¨  The interview starts at the building door.

¨  Treat all employees with respect.

¨  Bring multiple copies of your resume on plain paper.

¨  Bring a pen and notebook to takes notes before, during and after the interview.

¨  Fill out all applications neatly and completely.

¨  DON’T be unprepared for the interview.

¨  DON’T smell like smoke or too much perfume.

¨  Be yourself. Be confident.  There is a reason you were called in.

¨  Ask questions about the position, company and the interviewer – take notes.

¨  DON’T ask questions about salary, commission, bonuses, vacations or anything else the company can do for you.  Wait until you’ve received the job offer.

¨  DON’T get too comfortable.  Remain professional and on guard.

¨  DON’T ever say anything negative.  Be careful when talking about past and present employers.

¨  DON’T bring a copy of your references but have their contact information.

Commonly Asked Questions
LISTEN to the question and be prepared.

¨  Tell me about yourself.

¨  What do you know about our company?

¨  Why do you want to work for us?

¨  Why do you want to work in this industry?

¨  Tell me your understanding of what we do and what your job responsibilities will be.

¨  What specifically makes you a good fit?

¨  What sets you apart from others?

¨  Why are you leaving your current company?  Past companies?

¨  Where else are you interviewing?

¨  What motivates you?

¨  Why did you select your college or university?

¨  Why did you choose your major?

¨  What would be your ideal job?

¨  What management style have you worked under? Prefer to work with?

¨  What are your goals over the next 3 years?  5 years?  10 years?

¨  In your current or past positions, what features did you like the most? Least?

¨  How do you spend your spare time?

¨  Tell me about an important goal you set for yourself in the past and how you achieved it.

¨  What are your top 2 strengths?

¨  What is your top weakness?

¨  Describe a project you worked on that didn’t turn out as well as you expected.

¨  In what area of your work do you think you can be more effective?

¨  What was the hardest experience you had to overcome professionally?

¨  Why didn't you get a 4.0 GPA?

¨  What kind of compensation are you looking for?

Finishing the Interview
 Ask open ended, thought provoking questions that show that you've done some preliminary research and have reflected on this opportunity.

¨  DON’T ignore the answers.

Sample Questions

¨  Could you please describe a typical day?

¨  What type of person do you think would be successful in this position?

¨  What are your expectations of a new hire in this position?

¨  How many people will I be supporting?

¨  What are the most immediate tasks that are going unhandled?

¨  How will the person in this position support you?

¨  What do you see are the challenges in this position?

Hardest Question

¨  Concerns

¡  Are there any concerns you have about me filling the position?

¡  Use FEB to overcome any objections and hesitations that the employer has.

¨  Always ask for the interviewer’s business card. 

Thank You Letter

¨  The letter should be in professional, business format. 

¨  More than a polite thank-you - express interest in a position, reinforce or correct a first impression or build on the relationship you’ve already established with the interviewer.  

¨  DON’T delay.  Your thank-you letter should be emailed with-in 24 hours of your interview. 

¡  Tell the interviewer how much you enjoyed meeting him or her.

¡  Express your enthusiasm for the company and position.

¡  Reiterate a specific point that was discussed in the interview.

¡  Establish your next point of contact

¨  DON’T connect with any potential employer after the interview, whether or not you are getting the position.

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