Getting a job these days is a job in itself. Every job opening is a hot spot where as many as several hundred applicants may gather since so many people are downsized or out-of-work for some other reason. How can you stand out in an interview situation like that?
Here are 5 job interview tips:
1. Do your homework
To be fully prepared for the job interview you will need to do your homework. During this recession you need to do more interview preparation. To start you off you might show interest in a company that is hiring by researching the company. Some job interview tips suggest you do this after you have been asked to the interview. I disagree. I think it is important to look at the company before you even send them your resume.
Why? Because as you study the company, you might find that your skills wouldn’t be a good fit or you might discover that several of your skills would make you an excellent candidate. Then when you modify your resume for that individual company, you will know exactly which of your skills to showcase.
2. Request an informational interview
The next step might be to request an informational interview with someone working at the job or area you are interested in. Decide what information you want that was not on the company’s website. Identify who you want to interview and how to contact that person. You can request an interview over the phone, in person, by letter or by a social contact in your network. Phone interviews should be no longer than 5 minutes and in-person ones from 15 to 30 minutes.
3. Practice answering questions in mock interviews
After you have sent in your resume and you are asked to come for the actual interview, you still have much preparation to make. Most employers ask the same basic questions with very definite reasons behind them. You need to practice answering the questions in mock interviews until you are able to leave the impression of self-assuredness.
4. Be prepared to ask your own questions
The person who is being interviewed is entitled to ask a question for every question he or she is asked. For example, after telling why you think your skills would be of use to the company, you can ask something like, “do you see how my skill set would benefit your company?”
5. Write a thank you note and do your follow-up via a phone call
At the end of the job interview ask if you can contact the interviewer in one week to see how the job search is going. Be sure you get business cards from everyone who might be at the interview and write thank you notes within 24 hours of the interview.
These job interview tips will help you stand out from the crowd. For information on interview questions and why the interviewer asks them, you might want to look at some resources available on the internet, such as self help books.
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