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Key Points to a Successful Interview | Tips on Your Resume

Preparations:

  • The first impression is critical. Wear your best suit and be nicely groomed. Dress conservatively.
  • Bring 3+ copies of your resume in a nice portfolio or folder.
  • Find out the name and position of the interviewer so you can properly greet him or her.
  • Research the company by reviewing the its website and, if available, other documents, such as annual reports.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the employment application.

The Interview

  • During the introduction, use a firm handshake with eye contact and a smile.
  • Use eye contact throughout the interview. Do not look at the ground.
  • Keep every topic of conversation POSITIVE, and do not discuss any negatives about past employers, employment or colleagues.
  • Show interest in the actual job description and not what you would like to be doing in the future (unless interviewer asks).
  • Emphasize what you can bring to the company and not what the company can give you.
  • Let them know you are interested in growing with the company and becoming an asset to them.
  • Do not make money your motivating force. Express interest in the opportunity that the company is offering to you.
  • If asked what salary you are looking for, let them know what you are currently earning. If you are still pressured into giving a number, ask that they speak with your recruiter about money issues. Try your best not to indicate a salary that is too low or too high.
  • Do not give any references. Let them know they can obtain this information from your recruiter.
  • Do not ask questions about benefits unless you are talking with Human Resources. You can also address these questions to your recruiter.
  • Listening skills are a key to a successful interview. Listen and answer the questions the interviewer asks. Do not interrupt the interviewer.
  • Emphasize your achievements. Be honest. Show enthusiasm.
  • Remember that personality is just as important as your technical/management skills. Be polite and show a positive attitude.
  • Shake hands and thank the interviewer for their time. Use eye contact and SMILE!

After the Interview

  • Call your recruiter to discuss your interview and any questions you have.
  • Send a short thank you note to show the interviewer that you appreciate his or her time. Do this 1-2 days after the interview. Note: Review with your recruiter prior to sending.

Good Luck!

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