I might go for an interview in near future. I would like to make a success
with my interview and hope you can provide me with detail to prepare myself.
The Career Doctor responds:
I think the most important thing to remember about job interviews is that they are
basically a sales situation. You as the job-seeker must make a strong sales
pitch about how you are the perfect person for the job — and then you need to
close the deal by getting the job offer. I know a lot of job-seekers get
uncomfortable thinking of having to sell themselves to prospective employers
but that’s really the truth of it. But remember that selling is not all about you
it’s also doing the proper research to fully understand the employer and his/her
needs … so be sure and do your research. And by the way the employer
also sees the interview as a sales tool — trying to sell you on the position
and the firm.
Within that framework here are some other important do’s and don’ts of interview:
- Do your research and know the type of job interview you will be encountering. And do
prepare and practice for the interview but don’t memorize your answers.
- Do bring extra resumes to the interview.
- Do make good eye contact with your interviewer(s). And do smile.
- Do show enthusiasm in the position and the company.
- Don’t be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.
- Do have a high confidence and energy level but don’t be overly aggressive.
- Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
- Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible.
Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents skills and determination.
Give examples. Tell stories.
- Do close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking
about the next step in the process.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers:
Do’s and Don’ts.
And for lots more tools advice and resources on all aspects and all types of interviews
go to this section of Quintessential Careers: Guide
to Job Interviewing Resources.