INTERVIEW TIPS

I’m not one to enjoy spam when I open my email, but yesterday I received an email from a career website, theladders.com, that I’ve used before (which for some reason went into my spam folder) with their top 10 tips for successful interview tips (see below). Their website is a good choice for jobs in a variety of fields paying $100,000 or more. 

 

  1. Research the company and be prepared with a “good” level of knowledge. Know enough to show the interviewer you respect the opportunity and their time! 
     
  2. Be on time. Ten minutes early is best! Bring a clean, well-presented copy of your resume.
     
  3. Dress the part – business-like and professional is always a smart choice, unless you’ve had a phone interview first and they tell you a tie isn’t needed for the in-person interview.
     
  4. Be kind to every employee you meet – the receptionist, yes, but also the parking lot attendant, the janitor, and the intern.
      
  5. Think “what can I do for this company?”
      
  6. Sell your capabilities to do a job for the company. Stick, mostly, to the business side and how you can solve problems. The interviewer doesn’t want your life story, rather, they want to know your business capabilities.
       
  7. Never say bad, mean, unkind, or even true things about your current or former employer, boss or fellow workers if it makes you look like a big complainer or gossip.
     
  8. Save the “money talk” for last. Focus on the job, your ability to contribute, and all the great things you can provide before reminding your future boss how much of the hiring budget you’re going to soak up. If you’re asked about salary during a phone interview, defer the questions by asking the interviewer, who will often be from Human Resources, what is the salary range they’re offering. Usually, they will let you know, and then you can decide if it falls within your salary needs.
     
  9. Thank the interviewer for their time and ask questions. This shows true interest in the position/opportunity.
       
  10. Send a follow-up email thanking the interviewer and remind them, briefly, what you discussed and how you can contribute. This serves as a good “memory jog” to the interviewer and reminds them of the details you want them to remember from your previous discussion.
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One comment on “INTERVIEW TIPS

  1. AlexM says:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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