Through the interaction which takes place during your interview, the interviewer will be searching out your strong and weak points, evaluating your qualifications, skills, poise, intellectual qualities and attitudes. Knowing that you are qualified to fill a job is not enough. Show the company that you can do the job, and demonstrate why they should select you.
Give examples of your previous work for other companies which utilize the same skills and qualities which this company is seeking. Give these examples completely and enthusiastically. No matter how good you are, or how great the demand is for your skills, you must sell yourself!
Natek's job is to open the door and arrange for your interview. The rest is mainly up to you. Know exactly what you can do for a company BEFORE you walk into an interview!
Process Of Interviewing
- Break the ice (small talk)
- Short synopsis of your career
- Describe each job briefly
- Break each job into responsibility/achievements
- Rehearse question/answer
- Practice listening skills
- Arrive early. If you have a time problem, call ahead of time and explain your predicament to the interviewer.
- If vou are asked to fill out an application, do it neatly and completely. Leave salary "open" for later discussion.
- Offer a firm handshake. Greet the interviewer by their last name and be sure of the correct pronunciation. Walk, talk, act, and feel like the right person for the job.
- Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit straight in the chair and smile. Listen very carefully.
- Follow the interviewer's leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and duties early in the interview so you can relate your abilities to the position from the start.
- Present your background and interests with accurate. informative detail - particularly as this information relates to the job. Be familiar with those important dates in your work history and education so your answers show your level of career commitment.
- Get your good points across to the interviewer in a brief, factual. sincere manner. Make the interviewer realize those benefits you can bring to the company.
- Avoid answering questions with only "yes" or "no" answers. Explain when possible. Tell only those things about yourself which relate to the position. Illustrate your abilities with examples. Instead of saying. "I am the best salesman," say "I placed first among 25 salespeople last year." Quote others. "I've been told that I have a creative approach to problem-solving." Show appreciation. "I was fortunate in being given increased responsibility." Give others credit. "Working under one of the nation's leading designers, I received excellent training."
- Avoid "over-answering" questions. The interviewer may steer the conversation into ticklish areas like politics or the economy. It is best to answer these questions honestly. Avoid saying more than is necessary.
- NEVER inquire about salary, benefits, vacations, bonuses, retirement or the like on the first interview. If they ask you what salary you expect, ask for "the best possible offer based on my experience and qualifications." The most frequent obstacle to getting an offer is an excessive salary demand. If they insist on a figure. try to determine the range the company has in mind. Then respond with "I think we're talking about the same ballpark." Remember, if your "firm" minimum is too high, you may disqualify yourself. Conversely, your willingness to accept ANYTHING may lead to a much lower offer or NO OFFER at all! Asking for the best possible offer should produce the desired result. And remember to look at the opportunities the position offers you five or ten years from now - not just how much money you'll be earning today.
- Avoid making any derogatory or negative comments about your past employers.
- Conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job. Never close the door on an opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can choose from a number of jobs instead of just one!
- ASK FOR THE JOB! Expressing your desire automatically tells the company that you WANT to work for them. If appropriate, ask for the next interview.
- If the position is offered, and it meets your own criteria for your career move, ACCEPT IT! If you need time to think it over, ask for it tactfully and courteously - and don't take a moment longer. If you don't think you want the job, DON'T REJECT IT OUTRIGHT until you've communicated your feeling to your Natek Consultant! Often, the consultant can negotiate on your behalf.
- If no offer is made, don't be discouraged or let your disappointment show. The interviewer may be testing your reactions - or merely waiting until other candidates have been seen, or other decisions-makers have been consulted.
- Thank the interviewer for the time and consideration extended to you. Offer a firm handshake to let them know you believe in yourself. If you've done your homework and answered the questions about why you're interested in the company, and what you can do for them, then you've done all you can.
- Acknowledge the interview with a brief personal letter immediately following. Show your enthusiasm, interest and appreciation in your letter.