15 easy tips to make you stand out from the competition.
15 Interviewing Tips
- Dress professionally and arrive 15 minutes early to the interview.
Fill out any applications or forms neatly and completely. Never write "see resume" on an application.
- Bring at least 2 extra resumes.
In case the interviewer misplaces yours or you meet additional people.
- Do not answer questions with a simple “Yes” or “No”.
Sell yourself and your attitude by using examples. However, be sure to answer all questions to the point and do not ramble on.
- Do not concern yourself with salary, benefits or bonuses on the initial interview.
- If you have no experience in a certain area, explain a time in the past where you also had no experience with something (a specific software, account or industry) and how your supervisor empowered you. You may then detail the positive result that ensued.
- Stay positive!
Do not make derogatory remarks about previous or present employers. If you are forced to discuss a negative situation always “flip it” by stating what you learned or why you are better because of it.
- Share stories & anecdotes that relate to the client’s hot buttons.
“that reminds me of a time…” Stress what you have made, saved or achieved for previous employers that would not have occurred without your efforts.
- Be flexible and take cues from the interviewer.
Not all interviewers have the best experience interviewing and may not ask you the question you have been poised to answer. Make a list of characteristics, experiences and abilities that you would like to get across during your interview to help lead the discussion.
- Tell your potential employer what you are going to do for them.
Not what they can do for you.
- Build a relationship.
Remember the goal is to hopefully be working with the interviewer(s) in two weeks.
- Do not underestimate the power of the receptionist.
They may comment on you when you leave. Be nice to them and (if they are not too busy) warm-up your vocal chords with a pleasant conversation.
- Stay focused on the position you are interviewing for.
Do not concentrate on long-term growth, promotions, etc.
- Always represent yourself honestly.
- Act like you already have the position.
The interview is simply a matter of explaining the details.
- Answer questions with excitement and enthusiasm.
Most importantly, have fun!