HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT THE JOB SEARCH
THINGS TO DO BEFORE AND DURING THE INTERVIEW
- Do your homework. Find out as much as possible about the firm or agency
and person who will be interviewing you. Career Services has a Human Services
Directory on file, which may be of help.
- Think of questions you would like to ask during the interview.
- Be aware of what NOT to ask, as well.
- Dress as you would if you were working for the agency, i.e., men in suits,
shirts and ties; women in suits or conservative dresses and panty hose.
- Make sure you are neat and presentable - hair cut to a reasonable length,
clothes pressed and shoes shined.
- Shake hands (men and women) upon entering and leaving the room.
- Relax as much as possible.
- Never apologize, be positive.
- Have an amswer ready if asked, "Why should we hire you?" Think
about it beforehand. Have your own sales pitch ready.
- Do not take notes during the interview.
- Be on time, punctuality is a must.
- Smile and be responsive.
- Do not be hostile. Aggresiveness is all right, but hostililty - never!
- Be yourself and emphasize your strong points.
- Be enthusiastic; enthusiasm can be contagious.
HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL JOB INTERVIEW
APPLICATION & RESUME HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED
- Be on time or up to 10 minutes early. If you must be late, call
the interviewer as soon as possible.
- Make sure you know the exact location of the interview, the time, and the
name of the person or persons with whom you are to interview.
- Set aside plenty of time for the interview, especially if you have more
than one in a day.
- Don't overdress or underdress. Wear what you would for the job. Be neat
and clean. Don't wear a lot of makeup or jewelry.
- Greet the interviewers with a warm, confident "hello",
and a firm handshake. Be sure you now the interviewer's name, and by what you
should address her/him by.
- Look alert and interested. Don't chew gum, smoke or play with your
jewelry. Keep eye contact.
- Know as much about the job and the employer as possible beforehand.
Understand the job description.
- Think before answering questions; if you don't understand a question, ask
to have it explained. If you don't know the answer, be honest, but let the
interviewer know you will be sure to find out.
- Be honest about your background and experience, sell yourself with
enthusiasm, confidence and interest. Don't make excuses or blame schools,
employers or fellow workers, if a past weakness or failure comes up. Explain
the situation and what you've learned from it.
- Don't worry about wage , salary and benefits at the interview. This
information can be gotten before or after the interview. You can always turn
down an offer. The important thing is being offered the job!
- At the end of the interview, ask any questions you have that have not been
answered. Ask about when the final decision will be made and how you will be
- Thank the interviewer(s) for her/his time.
- A follow-up call on or after the day when the final decision was to be
made is often a good idea.
- Send a thank you note for the time the employer spent in the interview.
It is always a good idea to make a checklist of your personal
appearance before leaving for an interview.
It is beneficial to keep a record of the companies that you have been
interviewing with. A sample of such record is as follows :
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