How To Interview For A Job Brilliantly

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Job Interviews

Interviewing for a job can be a frightening experience for anyone. You are entering an "unknown zone" of human encounters. No matter how many times you've done it, there is an element of not knowing what to expect and wishing it were over.

How much more the angst for a teenager or young 20-something going into an interview for the very first time!

Here are some quality tips that I shared recently with the Class of 2014. We started with learning how to write an effective resume and moved on to preparation for the interview opportunity that well-written resume should obtain.


Do Your Homework

Walk in well-informed about the products or services that that company performs. Be aware, also, of the general job requirements that the advertised position might entail. You could be asked “What do you know about our company?” or “Why do you want to work here”? Be prepared with some ideas.

Tip: Make a folder. Google the company to find their official website. Print out their “about us” page from their website. Read it thoroughly. Write on it. Circle important points that you find relevant. Write in the margins.

Then, if they have a Careers or Job Opportunities page, go there and find the job openings that you are interested in. Print that out as well. Label the folder with that company’s name and bring it all to the interview. Visibly it can be seen that you’ve done some research and planning before coming to meet with them. (Note: this great tip came from the video linked at the end of this hub!)

Get Ready for Your Interview

Rehearse

Practice answering commonly asked questions. Be prepared to answer more pointed questions about your past work experience, as well. You may be asked about your strengths, weaknesses and the skills that you can bring to the position.

Here are some recurrent interview questions:

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself.
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why are you interested in working here?
  • Where did you work previously?
  • What did you like about it?
  • What didn’t you like about it?
  • Tell me about the position and requirements of that job?
  • Why did you leave or (if you didn’t) why are you interested in finding a new job?
  • How do you handle pressure situations?
  • Describe your work style.
  • What techniques do you use to keep organized?
  • Are you willing to travel or relocate?
  • What are your goals? For the next five years ? Ten years?
  • How do you do working independently? On a team? Which do you prefer?
  • How do you feel about supervising others?


Show Up Early for Your Interview

Showing up just in the nick of time for your appointment or, even worse, late says something about you.

  1. You aren’t that interested in getting the job.
  2. You are a poor time manager.
  3. You will probably be late for work, too.

You only have one opportunity to give a good first impression.


How To Dress For An Interview

Look Good

If you’ve just come in out of the rain or a wind storm, you have arrived early so take care of it. Go to the restroom and make sure that you look neat and presentable.

Dress in conservative business attire, unless the job calls for something more unique (such as working in a fashion boutique).

Men, wear a business suit with tie. Women, wear a business suit with a modest-length skirt. If you have tattoos, cover them. Piercings? Only wear a couple. Leave most of them at home. Nails? Neat and trimmed. Shoes clean and polished. Breath? Fresh!

No gum chewing and turn off your cellphone until you are way out of the building.


Stand

When the interviewer comes out to greet you, stand up immediately or be already standing. If you choose to stay seated, it gives an impression of weakness or even laziness.

Speak Positively

When asked about your previous employment experience, do not be negative no matter how bad it may have been. Nobody likes complainers.

Be respectful and do most of the listening. Look for an opportunity to ask some questions yourself.

Ask the future employer what they want to get out of the position that they are looking to fill. What results do they want? That information will help you to sell yourself to their specific needs.

Some wise advice from the Class of 2014: speak clearly. Do not slur your words or use slang. Smart kids, huh!

Be Prepared with Some Good Questions for the Interviewer

You may be asked if you have any questions. This is an important opportunity to ask questions that illustrate your interest in how you can best help their company.

Ask them what will be available to help you to do your job better?

  • Software?
  • Work environment?
  • Professional development?


Close the Deal

If you really like what you hear from the employer, ask for the position or what the next stage of the process will be. Let them know that you know that you can benefit their organization in that position and that you really would like to work there.

Follow Up

Send the interviewer a "thank you email" that day and also put a handwritten thank you note to them in the mail. After a week or two, call them if they have not called you.

Additional Resources:

Successful Job Interviews--Get the Job of Your Dreams with Post-Interview Followup by Patty Inglish. MS

For some great interviewing tips, watch this 5 minute video by Crown Financial Ministries: How to Interview for a Job



About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

An excellent hub especially for all those looking for a job in these economically troubled times. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for the vote up and useful, alocsin. Glad you liked it!


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Genesis 4 years ago from Canada

Great advice! These are very important, and useful interviewing tips. Thank you for sharing them Sinea Pies!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Very helpful!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

You're welcome, Genesis!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Shyron E Shenko.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Shyron E Shenko.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Another brill hub, Sinea! My students had practice job interviews with real local employers and were told whether or not they would have got the 'job'. Some even had offers of future employment. They then had a social evening with all the invited employers who were kind enough to give up their time - our students were so proud and they had a good basis from which to go to the real thing. Your well presented, clearly structured ideas would help anyone. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Annart, that is absolutely wonderful! I love it. We've closed up our class for this year (except for a career fair) but I would love to include that "mock interview" opportunity next year. Thank you...I'm stealing your idea! Tee hee!


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

Wonderful informative hub on interviewing skills, practice make perfect that's for sure. You might feel stupid practicing but when you land that job, you won't be feeling on top of the world then!


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

Sinea Pies ,all your tips are very important for job seekers who has gone first time for an interview.Very useful hub Sinea Pies.Voting it up.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Hi Sinea, reply delayed having sprained ankle when away! Glad you're 'stealing' the idea! It's so good for the experience and confidence of any student. Good luck with it; please let me know the outcome whenever it may be. All the best, Ann


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thank you nityanandagaurang for the vote UP! Have a great day.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Sorry to hear about your ankle annart. Hope you're better. Do you know that my STUDENTS came up with this idea all by themselves in class yesterday? Wow!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Well, Sinea, how spooky is that?! They're obviously an inspired lot, no doubt by you!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

They are an extraordinary group of kids! I love 'em.

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