It is very important to make a good impression in a job interview. Here are the top reasons given by hiring managers and human resource personnel for not hiring an applicant:
Be prepared for the phone call to set up an interview or to be screened by a telephone interview.
Have your resume by the telephone! If employers ask questions, your resume will be right there to help you highlight and summarize your skills. Often you will be busy and caught up with what you were doing right before you answered the phone and may blank out on what your skills are, so use your resume as a "reminder" tool. It's a great source to refer back to at a moment's notice.
Pen and paper should also be available near the phone. When employers call, don't ask them to hold while you run around looking for a pen. Have materials ready to take notes, get contact names (first and last names) and correct spelling, write down detailed driving directions and note the date and time of the interview. A calendar nearby will also help prevent scheduling conflicts. Remind your family, siblings, and roommates that the pen and paper are there to take good messages for you. While you are job searching it is not the time for young children to answer the phone.
Answer your telephone. Some employers may not leave a message. Make certain the voice mail message on your home phone and cell phone (if you listed both numbers on your resume) are professional and identifies you so employers know they reached the correct person. This is not the time for your child to record a message or to play music. Remind your family members and roommates to be professional when answering the phone, as well.
Call employers back the same day! When an employer does call and has to leave a message, respond to that message immediately.
The first 30 seconds can make or break the connection between two people when they meet for the first time. So the next time you're on an interview, keep in mind that the interviewer may be drawing conclusions about you before you've even started the real interview.
What you're wearing has an impact on the first impression you make. A decision is made in the first Dress To Impress Small five minutes, and the hiring manager spends the next half-hour trying to defend that decision. Dress professionally and conservatively. This will show the potential employer that you are serious about the position. Even if you are aware that the company dresses casually on the job, dress up for the interview unless you are specifically told by the employer to dress otherwise.
Use a black or blue pen and use your best handwriting/print.
Here are a few important interview do's and don'ts:
Here are a few typical questions you may get a job interview. It is a good idea to go through these before the interview and think of good answers:
Questions for the interviewer should be used to uncover critical information about the position, organization and/or people. You should always have questions prepared to ask. This will show you are interested and serious about the position. *Do not bring up salary or benefits. Always let the employer bring it up first!
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