Unemployment is still a factor in our current economy. According to a recent Kiplinger Letter, “By 2021, most of the 1 million positions cut in recent years will be recovered.” So, with this in mind, today’s (anonymous) blog is all about job interview tips!
- Research the company thoroughly and only talk about your past accomplishments in relation to their job description. Use productivity stats/bottom line boosts.
- If you get a phone interview, be prepared (with info you submitted) and with notes – just like a face-to-face interview.
- Use their names during any interview.
- Make a “cheat sheet” or use large index card to list your highlights and key assets that would apply to this job. Use phrases that mimic job description. Review and practice until you are comfortable.
- Use a short story to tell your story: “Facts tell but stories sell”.
- As they speak, take notes you might need. This will also keep you focused.
- Ask: 1) What’s your ideal employee like? 2) How does an employee succeed on your team? 3) How do you go about solving problems in your company?
- Avoid yes/no questions. Talk about new procedures you can implement to increase the company’s bottom line and productivity by discussing dollar, percentages and cents (sense).
- If salary is mentioned, ask if this is “set-in-stone or negotiable. If not what you expect, take some time to think about it rather than trying to revise it later because you’ve re-thought it.
- Do not ask “what’s in it for me” questions. Answer their “what’s in it for me” questions.
“Do you have any questions?”
- Where do you see the company in the next 5 or 10 years?
- Is there room for advancement?
- Will I be required to work overtime? (if applicable or if an issue)
- After an adjustment period, can I take on additional learning opportunities and/or duties to expand my working knowledge of the business?
- How soon do you hope to make a decision?
Always send a hand-written thank you note directly after an in-person interview.
Question: Did this help?