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Get The Job

Updated on June 25, 2013

The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in years and interviews are harder to come by. That’s why you have to make sure you know how to knock each interview out of the park. Here are some helpful tips to help you interview effectively and hopefully get the job.

Research the company prior to interview – Make sure you know something about the company you are interviewing for. You never know when your interviewer will ask you, “So what do you know about us.” You don’t want to fall into the “ pit.” You want to show how your experience and interest fit well with the mission of the company. You also may be asked, “What attracted you to our company.” You don’t want to say benefits or you’re closer to my home. You want to use your knowledge of something the company does and explain how those things attracted you.

Dress professionally – Many workplaces are business casual. However, when you go on an interview you should wear a business suit, not the powder blue tuxedo you wore to your prom or the stretch leggings and thigh high boots you feel sexy in. I know some industries, like entertainment , may be a little less formal, but for most of us a dark blue, gray or black suit should be worn.

No gum chewing – It’s never attractive to look like a cow chewing cud, especially during an interview. I once had a candidate’s gum fall out their mouth during an interview. I also know hiring managers who rejected solid candidates for jobs because they chewed gum during the interview.

Turn off cell phones - Nothing is more annoying than listening to a candidate when all of sudden a bluesy ring tone drowns them out. Or the interviewer thinks they’re under attack by a giant bee, only to see the candidate frantically searching every pocket on their being to locate their buzzing phone. Trust me it’s rude and could take you out of the running for a job.

Don’t ramble – Going off topic for twenty minutes about your cat Minnie’s desire to hunt flies isn’t going to help your cause. Listen to the questions being asked and answer clearly and concisely. It is always best to provide examples of what you have done throughout your work history that mirrors what the company is looking for.

Never speak badly – No matter how bad your experience may have been at a company, you don’t want to kiss and tell. Speaking badly about your former manager, team or company can be a death sentence. This may raise some red flags like maybe you’re hard to get along with or if I hire this person will they bash me and our company like this. Keep your discussions about previous employers positive.

Have a note pad – Take notes and have questions prepared to ask during the interview. The worst thing you can do when asked if you have any questions is to sit there like a mime. Your interviewer may read this as you not being interested or intellectually curious.

Body language is important – Don’t sit back in your chair like you’re in a dark movie theatre with a bucket of popcorn in your lap. Sit up straight on the edge of your seat. This shows you are fully engaged and ready to be an active participant in the conversation.

Ask for the job – The end of the interview is no time for the cat to have your tongue. Before you leave don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer you want the position and briefly sum up how you can be an asset.

Thank you – Let them know your mother taught you some manners.You should always get the business card(s) of the interviewer(s) so you can follow up with a thank you email/note. I’ve seen this make a difference when hiring managers are trying to decide between two candidates. The one that writes the “Thank you” note is perceived to want the job more and perhaps a better cultural fit.


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