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General Interviewing TipsIn any competition, from a spelling bee, to the sports arena, to a battlefield, the contest is largely won long before the engagement begins - in the research, preparation, training, and review, so that every contingency can be adequately covered. And your preparation for each interview is similar. You never know exactly what will happen, but by being ready, you can eliminate a lot of the uncertainty, and know how to react to different scenarios.
Successful interviews require careful preparation and that is the purpose of this review, to assist you in presenting yourself and your skills to your best advantage. Although you may have heard many of these recommendations before, consider the information carefully with the understanding that these proven techniques are presented to ensure your success.
Please be prepared to implement these suggestions.
First we are going to cover general pre interview preparation and interviewing skills that are applicable to all interviews. Information specific to a telephone interview, a on site interview, and the questions you should be ready to ask or answer are covered in more depth on seperate pages you will find by clicking the links.
Pre Interview Preparation
DO NOT under any circumstances ask any questions regarding salary or benefits. On some occasions interviewers have asked about current salary and expectations. Be honest about your current compensation (my base is__, my bonus is __, my next raise is expected__). In reference to you expectations your answer should be 'I expect to consider your best offer based on my education and experience, but right now tell me about ' and change the subject! We WILL drill this point over and OVER
This is VERY, VERY important. Many candidates do not realize the danger of focusing on dollars at this point. The purpose of the interview process is to determine whether the opportunity is the right one for you at this point in your career. Think of it as 'enlightened self-interest' or taking the John F. Kennedy approach to interviewing: 'Ask not what this company can do for you, ask what you can do for this company.' This way, you can present yourself as a loyal, hard-working, virtuous, and dedicated candidate, rather than as an opportunistic job-hopper who d prefer to live off the fat of the land
AQS can help resolve salary and benefit concerns. It is part of our function and AQS has found over the years that our client companies treat candidates very professionally. They find the candidate they are looking for and then negotiate the rest. After the offer is made we will be able to evaluate all aspects of the full compensation package. So, if the question regarding your expectation is posed change the subject.
DO NOT say any thing negative about your current or past employers. Remain focused on the positive reasons for change and the goals you are striving for.
Fundamentals of a Successful InterviewTo a large degree, the success of your interview will depend on your ability to discover needs and empathize with the interviewer.
One very effective way you can do this is by utilizing active listening techniques asking questions that verify your understanding of what the interviewer has just told you, without editorializing, or expressing an opinion. By establishing empathy in this manner, you ll be in a better position to freely exchange ideas, and demonstrate your suitability for the job.
In addition to establishing empathy, there are four intangible fundamentals to a successful interview. These intangibles will influence the way your personality is perceived, and will affect the degree of rapport, or personal chemistry you ll share with the employer.
Both for your sake and the employer s, try not to leave an interview without exchanging fundamental information. The more you know about each other, the more potential you ll have for establishing rapport, and making an informed decision.
The Short and Long of ItMany of the interview questions will be presented in an open-ended format. There are two ways to answer: the short version and the long version. We always suggest to candidates that they say, 'Let me give you the short version. If we need to explore some aspect of my answer more fully, I d be happy to go into greater depth, and give you the long version.'
The reason you should respond this way is because it s often difficult to know what type of answer each question will need. A question like, 'What was your most difficult assignment?' might take anywhere from thirty seconds to thirty minutes to answer, depending on the detail you choose to give.
For request such as Tell be about yourself have a short 30 second synopsis (short version), or ask Where would you like me to start? This will allow the interviewer to give you some guidance on the key areas (s)he is interested in.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to always remember that the interviewer is the one who asked the question. So you should tailor your answer to what (s)he needs to know, without a lot of extraneous rambling or superfluous explanation. Why waste time and create a negative impression by giving a sermon when a short prayer would do just fine?
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