Job Seekers: 10 Commandments of the Interview
John Leonard's 10 Commandments of the Interview
I. Arrive Early
Always arrive 10-15 minutes early to allot time for unexpected delays and for any paperwork you may need to complete.
II. Be Prepared
Always arrive to an interview fully prepared. Have a few clean copies of your resume and references on hand. Make sure that you have done your research and know the company that you are interviewing for, as well as the position for which you are interviewing.
III. Dress for Success
Always arrive for an interview dressed conservatively and professionally. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Play it safe and wear a suit.
IV. Be Confident
Show your confidence through your body language. Shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact and do not fidget. Exude confidence and enthusiasm when discussing your resume and background.
V. Be Prepared to Answer Questions
Before your interview, anticipate what type of questions you will be asked and practice your answers. Popular questions include: What are your strengths? Weaknesses? / Why do you want this job? / What are your goals?
VI. Be Knowledgeable
During your conversations, display your industry knowledge. Know what is going on in the news and be aware of the latest developments. Current events pertaining to the company and/or industry may come up during the interview and you will need to be able to discuss.
VII. Tell Stories…
When discussing your resume and background, be specific. Tell anecdotes that exemplify your strengths in the work place. Talk about different achievements from your past that you are proud of. Paint a "word-picture" so that the interviewer envisions you being successful.
VIII. …But No Tall Tales
Do not lie, exaggerate or embellish any part of your background… If and when your potential employer discovers your tall tales, your candidacy will be withdrawn. If you have already been hired and your employer discovers discrepancies, it may be grounds for termination.
IX. Express Your Interest and Ask Questions
At the end of your interview, your interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. This is the point where you should express your interest in the position and ask questions. Example questions: Why is the position available and do you have a timeframe for making a decision? / How do you see the company changing or growing in the future? / How long have you been with the company? / Based on your knowledge of the job/company, how would you rate my candidacy?
X. Follow-Up and Say “Thank You”
After your interview, always follow-up with “Thank You” emails to everyone that you met with. Make sure to keep the emails short and sweet, and to reiterate your interest in the position.
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