Interview Preparation

The goal of the interview process is to generate a job offer. You should express interest andinterview preparation questions enthusiasm in the position, the company and the employees. It is important to remain positive throughout the entire interview and to be prepared for the interview. Once you have received the job offer, you must decide if the job opportunity meets your criteria and assess the pros and cons of the job before making the ultimate decision to accept or reject the offer.

Here are some tips to help you get through the interview process smoothly and successfully:

  • Learn about the company prior to your interview by visiting their web site.
  • Dress in conservative business attire.
  • Arrive at least ten minutes before your scheduled interview time.
  • Complete any forms neatly, accurately and quickly.
  • When meeting the interviewer, shake their hand firmly, maintain eye contact and exude confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Discuss your business experiences, being sure to highlight your accomplishments.
  • Be prepared to answer questions such as:
    • Why did you leave your last job?
    • Why do you want this job?
    • What are your goals?
    • Why are you the right person for this job?
    • What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What level of salary are you looking for?
  • Ask questions of the interviewer such as:
    • Why was no one promoted into this position?
    • How much time will be spent on each job function?
    • How much growth do you see the future holding for your company?
    • Does your firm recommend any additional educational courses to improve in this position?
    • How long have you been with this company?
    • What do you like most about your company?
  • Tell the interviewer that you "can do the job" and ask for the job - "I want this job and want to work for your company."
  • Remember to follow-up with your John Leonard consultant directly following the interview! Send a note or e-mail thanking the interviewer(s) for their time and reiterating your interest in the position.

interview preparationSure ways to strike out on an interview:

  • Poor business appearance
  • Lack of interest and/or enthusiasm
  • Over-emphasis on money or salary
  • Condemnation of past employers
  • Failure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer when conversing
  • Arriving late for the interview
  • Not asking any questions about the position or company
  • Giving vague responses to questions
  • An overly aggressive or Å’know-it-all' attitude
  • Inability to express yourself clearly; poor voice, pronunciation or grammar
  • Lack of confidence or poise
  • Making excuses
  • Lacking courtesy or maturity
  • Indecision
  • Showing no interest in the company or industry
  • Being unable or unwilling to make a commitment to the job or showing indecision about your desire for the position

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