Finding the right career takes a lot of hard work. Once you’ve found the career field that is compatible with your present educational background and your future educational plans, your prior work experience and your personality traits, then you’re ready to begin the job search and interview process.
Before you go knocking on doors or answering help wanted ads, make sure you have the following items available upon request:
- Copies of your current Resume
- List of References (excluding family members)
- Letters of Recommendation
- Copies of Certificates, Awards
DO’S IN JOB INTERVIEWING:
1. Gather background information on the company.
2. Be early, calm and organized.
3. Bring any items with you to the interview that further illustrate your
qualifications for the position.
4. Have several copies of your resume.
5. Dress professionally. A suit for women is also preferable.
6. Wear simple jewelry. Only clear nail polish for women.
7. Use a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact.
8. Smile. Exude enthusiasm.
9. Act confident and you will be confident.
10. Be alert and prepared for key questions.
11. Demonstrate genuine interest in both the people you meet and the position.
12. Speak clearly and explain clearly what you mean.
13. Use variety in the tone of your voice.
14. LISTEN! Never cut off the interviewer. Think before you answer.
15. Restate questions to make them clear.
16. Interject information you have about the company into your answers.
17. Be prepared with a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
18. Use nonverbal communication and good body posture to express yourself.
19. SELL YOURSELF! Let them know that you want the position. Ask them, “What is the next step?”
20. Send a follow-up letter (thank you) immediately after the interview, preferably hand written on good stationary.
1. Discuss salary or benefits at a first interview.
2. Chew gum or smoke.
QUESTIONS TO ASK A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER
1. What do you consider to be your organization’s
three most important assets?
2. How did you happen to join this organization?
3. Can you tell me a little about your own experience with the organization?
4. What do you foresee for your organization in the next year / five years / ten years?
5. Can you tell me about the organizational structure in this department?
6. What kind of people do you usually look for to fill key positions?
7. What have you done to find someone for this position?
8. What do you see in the future for this position and potential for advancement?
9. How soon do you plan to fill this position?
10. How do you feel your organization is serving the community?
11. Why is this position open, has there been much turnover?
SIX INTERVIEW ANSWERS THAT GET YOU HIRED!
By Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer
During the typical job interview, you'll be asked a lot of questions. But do you really understand what the interviewer needs to know?
"Most students have no idea why a recruiter asks a particular question," says Brad Karsh, a former recruiting professional for advertising giant Leo Burnett and current president of career consulting firm Job Bound. "They tend to think it's a competition to outwit the interviewer."
The reality is that employers have neither the time nor inclination to play games with you, especially when hiring. Your interviewer is not trying to outguess you -- he's trying to assess your answers to six key questions:
Do You Have the Skills to Do the Job?
According to Karsh, the employer must first determine whether you have the necessary hard skills for the position, e.g., the programming knowledge for a database administration job or the writing chops to be a newspaper reporter. "By really probing into what the candidate has done in the past, an interviewer can tap into hard skills."
But the interviewer is also looking for key soft skills you'll need to succeed in the job and organization, such as the ability to work well on teams or "the requisite common sense to figure things out with some basic training," says Terese Corey Blanck, director of student development at internship company Student Experience and a partner in College to Career, a consulting firm.
Do You Fit?
"Every organization's first thought is about fit and potentially fit in a certain department," Corey Blanck says. That means the interviewer is trying to pinpoint not only whether you match up well with both the company's and department's activities but also whether you'll complement the talents of your potential coworkers.
Do You Understand the Company and Its Purpose?
If the organization fits well with your career aspirations, you'll naturally be motivated to do good work there -- and stay more than a month or two, Corey Blanck reasons. "I don't want someone to take the position because it's a job and it fits their skills. I want them to be excited about our mission and what we do."
How Do You Stack Up Against the Competition?
You're being evaluated in relation to other candidates for the job. In other words, this test is graded on a curve. So the interviewer will constantly be comparing your performance with that of the other candidates'.
Do You Have the Right Mind-Set for the Job and Company?
"I'm always looking for someone who has a can-do type of attitude," Corey Blanck explains. "I want someone who wants to be challenged and is internally motivated to do well.
Corey Blanck points out that an employer can't train for this essential trait. "But you can hire for it. And if you don't, you'll end up with a lower-performing employee."
Do You Want the Job?
Most employers know better than to believe everyone they interview actually wants the position being offered. They understand some candidates are exploring their options, while others are using an interview with a company they don't care about to hone their interview skills.
So you have to prove you really want the job , says Al Pollard, senior college recruiter for Countrywide Financial. "I use the ditch-digger analogy: Many of us can dig ditches, but few are willing to -- and even fewer want to."