Fast Track to Interview Success Part 1

Why Interview?

The whole interview process is a mutual exchange of information between both parties. You and the company need to be sold on each other for there to be a win-win situation that makes all parties happy.

Most interviews are 80% character searching and 20% operational skill set. So obviously, the critical areas are your professional appearance, attitude, personality, energy and enthusiasm. The operational skill set is composed of your strengths like training and development, cost control, sales building and cleanliness. There are other strengths you certainly possess, but you get the picture.

Preparation Before the Interview

Always discuss with your recruiter the exact duties and requirements of the position, the training program, future opportunities within the company and your salary requirements. They can also explain to you what to expect on this interview, the personality of interviewer, and the possibility of testing, both written and drug related.

Your recruiter will give you information about the company prior to your interview, but you should learn as much as you can on your own.
I suggest using the company website always as the first step and then visit a location if possible. This way you can speak directly to current employees and have an inside angle on where the company is headed and a quick lead on the other candidates interviewing.

Also please know where you’re going and drive the route the day or evening before the interview. Expect major traffic delays, especially if you live near Atlanta, so provide plenty of drive time. Being late for an interview is a deal killer the majority of the time.

Successful and Professional Dress Tips

For men, always wear a crisp, starched, long-sleeve shirt with solid red power tie. If a jacket is worn, wear a dark jacket and dark pressed dress slacks. If the position is more casual, starched khakis are appropriate. Polish up those dress shoes, preferably black and wear dark socks. Jewelry should be limited and keep it to a wedding ring/class ring and watch. Facial hair is not acceptable during an interview and can be grown back after you start your new job, if they allow it. Never wear heavy perfume or cologne and as trendy as it is, visible body piercing is not acceptable for management positions.

For women always wear a skirt or dress slacks with a wrinkle-free blouse and jacket, and professional dress pumps. Your make-up should be moderately applied and long hair should be put up or at least pulled back. Just like the men, never wear heavy perfume or cologne and visible body piercing is not acceptable for management positions.

Most companies are conservative and will prefer a more business casual look more in line with their corporate culture. So do your homework and unless instructed by your recruiter, ALWAYS follow the above advice.

And it goes without saying that there should be no drinking or smoking before the interview. The interviewer will be able to pick up on the smell or your impairment and instantly disqualify you.

To Be Continued

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