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Interviews are so important because it’s where the employer gets the chance to know you on a personal level. Here are some helpful tips for your next interview.
Tips on Interviewing
Interviews are a chance for you to find out more about the employer to determine your interest in the position.
Preparation and practice are the keys to effective and confident interviews.
How you look and act can be as important as what you say during an interview. First impressions count.
Each interview is different. The more interviews you go on, the better prepared you will be for the next one.
You do not have to be limited to the job description when responding to the interviewer’s questions. Show how you can be of value to the entire organization.
Be specific about the position you want.
It’s not always the most qualified person who gets hired but the one who is most likely to “fit in” with the other employees as well as the goals of the organization.
Most employers prefer assertive applicants who volunteer information easily, ask pertinent questions, and present themselves in a positive light.
Discuss terms of employment and compensation AFTER you’ve been offered the job.
Ask the employer at the close of an interview when you can expect to hear the results of the interview.
Follow up on interviews by sending a thank you letter/email soon after the interview.
Standard Interview Questions
The following represent a sample of typical Standard Interview questions.
Tell me about yourself
Have you ever done this kind of work before?
Why do you want to work for our company / organization?
Why did you leave your last job?
What kind of salary would be you be expecting?
Why should we hire you instead of someone else?
How much were you absent from work in your last job?
When are you available for work?
What are the greatest strengths / assets that you would bring to our company / organization?
What are your weaknesses?
What was your last employer’s opinion of you?
What are your long-term goals? Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
What kind of machines, equipment, tools or computers have you worked with or operated?
Do you have any plans for further training or education?
What do you think of working as part of a team?
Do you have any questions?