A few must-known interview tips to get recruited quickly
Contributor – Natalia Moore
When you go for an interview for a new job, you are concerned with your immediate salary, working conditions, fringe benefits and growth potential with the company. You’re also concerned with how to dress and the answers to give. But, before you reach the interview there are other aspects an intelligent job seeker should give attention to. You should consider the employer’s perspective and try to relate it to your own career plans and ambitions. Following are some of the best interview tips for every job seeker to get recruited quickly.
You may send a letter of application with a career summary of your qualifications and work-experiences to an organization you wish to work for. The function and purpose of the letter of application is to obtain an interview.
No employer at any circumstances will hire an employee unseen. It is very important that the letter of application and career summary (your personal data sheet) be well composed, grammatically correct, and brief. It should reflect your work of interest. However, it should not appear self-centered. A career summary gives your life’s history in about two minutes. It should be a set of reasons why you should be hired and not just a composition of the kind of person you are!! It should include:
- Name, address and telephone number.
- Educational background. Begin with most recent study or training and work backward.
- Work experience and skills. Beginning with most recent job and working backward, list of the names of the employers, dates of employment, and give titles and description of your job.
- Organizations to which you belong and offices held (past or present).
Write your career summary in outline form and in an impersonal style, avoid overuse of the personal pronoun ‘I’. If you have little work experience, you may list out extracurricular school activities. Hobbies may be included, but personal opinions should be excluded. Avoid personal references such as ‘my wonderful husband’.
When you are invited for an interview, remember that the employer is seeking someone who will be efficient, intelligent and pleasant – not sexy. Wherever possible, do some preliminary investigations into the firm’s services, products, methods of doing business, salary scale, and fringe benefits. This will free you from appearing too salary-conscious. Your clothing and demeanor as well as your statements create an impression in the interviewer’s mind, serves as a base for his judgment about you. So, dress and act accordingly.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Clothes should be conservative in color and style; no bare shoulders, low necklines.
- Be clean and neat.
- Hair neat and well coiffured.
- Makeup carefully and discreetly applied.
- Perfume should be discreet.
- Hands should be cared for and nails should be manicured.
- Deodorant must be strong enough to stop odor caused by nervous tension.
- Reach ten minutes early, but never be late.
- Mind your manners. Say, ‘How do you do’, not just a breezy ‘Hello’.
- Wait until the interviewer invites you to sit down.
- Keep hands and legs still. Don’t drum your fingers, move your legs nervously, or toy with objects.
- Let the interviewer take the initiative. Be prepared with a mental career summary.
- Be honest. Interviewers can soon detect whether or not you’re bluffing about being an expert in a given field. You’re not expected to know everything.
- Be truthful as to why you left or willing to leave the current job. Don’t ‘sound off’ about former employers or working conditions. Say you are seeking a wider range of experience or more opportunity for advancement. If you have been fired, be truthful. Chances are they’ll check, and intelligent people know that personality conflicts can lead to discharge of an employee who is relatively blameless.
- Do not raise the question of salary; let the interviewer mention it. If the position is definitely offered to you and salary hasn’t been mentioned, then you may ask. If the pay is not adequate, you can refuse the job.
- Don’t ask too many questions about lunch, coffee breaks, fringe benefits, or vacations. The same also goes with the salary.
- Don’t rush the interview. Take your cue from the interviewer and be prepared to conclude quickly if he is in a hurry.
- Watch for the ‘interview-is-over’ cue. When papers are collected or the interviewer glances at his watch, it is time to leave. Don’t linger on.
- Thank the interviewer for his time.
- If the interview is inconclusive, follow it up with a short letter in which you thank the interviewer for considering you for the position.
- If additional information has been requested, get it quickly and thoroughly.
- After a week or two, you may write a mail or telephone. Do not telephone daily or beg for the job.