Interview: good, better, BEST

Today’s blog is written by Bob Steinman, Job Search Terminator

Interviewing for a job is a subject for a book all by itself. But these few tips should be helpful to you.

Before the interview, get to the library and go on the Internet. Learn everything you can about the company. They will expect you to have done this.

You should present a neat, clean, appearance including conservatively appropriate clothes, with conventional, cleaned/polished shoes. No sneakers, flip-flops or other informal footwear. Have body art or tattoos? Cover them as much as you can. Body piercing? Take ‘em out and put them away for the day. Not that all of this is bad, just inappropriate and unlikely to be helpful. Leave your personal electronics in the car.

Reread your resume before going in – that resume helped get the interview so you’d better remember what you said you accomplished for other employers, and be prepared to share something more about them. Don’t talk too much – stop when you have answered a question. Asking relevant questions is fine. Write and rehearse 30- and 60-second sales pitches about who you are and what you can do for the interviewer’s company AND keep your focus on the job for which you are interviewing.

You’ll be nervous and that will generate adrenaline which will help keep you sharp. Pay attention to what they tell you about the company and the job and be ready to tell them how well you think you fit the job requirements.

Last tips: get to the interview on time – make a dry run the day before. Allow for traffic congestion and finding parking. And don’t bring a bundle of things with you unless requested. Ask for the job before you leave the interview! Lastly, send a thank you “sales” letter when you get home.

About Bob Steinman – For ten years, Steinman and his wife operated their own successful, one-on-one career development and outplacement business. He created custom campaigns for people who were unemployed, reentering job markets, re-careering, or looking to advance from stagnant jobs. Steinman has a degree in electrical engineering, and completed post graduate studies toward an MBA in Marketing.

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