Acing your job interview is something anybody can do, it just takes some practice. You don’t need to be exceptionally charming or naturally interesting, you just have to know what to expect. These tips will prepare you.
Questions to Expect:
- Tell me about yourself. (Keep the answer job or skill related.)
- What do you know about the type of work we do? (This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.)
- What is your weakness? (Make this a positive answer. For example, “My spelling is not always correct, so I always use a spell checker.”)
- What are your strengths? (Describe skills that will show you as a desirable employee.)
- Why did you leave your last job? (Don’t say: “I was fired,” “terminated,” “quit,” or “couldn’t get along with coworkers or supervisor”. It would be better stated to say: “new job,” “contract ended,” “seasonal,” “temporary,” “career change,” “returned to school,” to raise a family,” or “relocated.”)
Questions To Ask The Employer:
- Who would supervise me?
- When are you going to make a hiring decision?
- What are the opportunities for advancement?
- What kind of training is provided or available?
- Is there a dress code?
Reasons people don’t get hired:
- Untidy personal appearance
- Inability to express information clearly
- Lack of eye contact
- Incomplete or sloppy application
- Being late for the interview
At the end of the interview:
- Have a good attitude
- Thank the interviewers for their time.
- Request a business card.
- Shake hands in closing.
- Two or three days after the interview send a thank you note addressed to the interviewers.