Most job interviews will follow the same general pattern which can be broken into four parts:
1. Introduction - Where you get to make the other person feel at ease and show your positive attitude. Start with a firm handshake and make eye contact. "Mr./Mrs. _________it is very nice to meet you. I have been looking forward to this interview.
2. Questions - The interviewer will ask questions and you respond by citing specific examples of your talents and skills. Keep your answers to one or two sentences and don't just answer yes or no if there is an opportunity to highlight a talent or accomplishment.
3. Questions you ask - Every interview reaches the point where the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Having questions shows that you are prepared, engaged and interested. There is NO situation where all your questions are answered in the interview. If the interviewer doesn't ask speak up.
4. Closing - Remember! that the last impression you make is the first thing the interviewer will remember. You will want to know how long you will have to wait for a decision. You can kill two birds with one stone with a closing remark:
"Thank you for your time. I really enjoyed finding out more about your company, and believe I could make a positive contribution. When do you plan to make your decision?"
As you are leaving, ask for a business card of the person you interviewed with. This will give the correct spelling of their name and the address so you can send them a thank you letter.
in-person interview prep is available only to those in the Los Angeles area. Those interested can call the office at (818) 559-5520 to schedule an appointment. Or order on-line and we will call you to set an appointment. As part of the service you will get a copy of the interviewing workbook.
Before going on your interview review the following list. These points will allow you to focus, make you more confident and help you to relax. (Adapted from CareerDreams, Inc.)
Visualize the perfect job for you
Remember to always LISTEN
Remember to BREATHE
Review your resume
They are already interested in you
Help the interviewer feel comfortable
Remember to always have fun
Feel strong and committed with your answers
"I am good at what I do"
Think if you would really like to work there
Be who you are today
Ask for the job
You will find the right job for you
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