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Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 7)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

Interview tipsThere it is, the finish line. Winning that job is just steps away. A few more “finishing” touches and you’ll have all my tips and techniques for a successful interview.

Notes
Taking notesIn addition to your resume, I’d recommend bringing a nice notebook. Even a notepad will work, if it’s in good condition. Just don’t let them see the notes you took at the last interview. Keep it looking clean. So what do you write down? I’d start with the names of the people you met. You don’t want to get them wrong when you thank the interviewers on the way out or in the ‘Thank You’ notes. Assuming all is going well, you’ll want to write down whatever steps occur next in the interview process. If you’re working with a recruiter, the details will probably be given directly to them to pass along to you. Very important, make sure that whatever you choose to write down doesn’t interfere with your focusing on the discussion.

Follow-up
Follow-up callIf you got the job through a headhunter or recruiter, give them a call to review the interview. Don’t call the company directly. If you’ve been given the interviewers’ business cards, you can send them ‘Thank You’ notes…and you’ll also want to send one to the recruiter.

You did all your preparation and you aced the interview. Now it’s out of your hands. Try not to put all your eggs in one basket. Keep looking for other opportunities. Continue to use all the tips and techniques, and the odds will be in your favor. If all goes well, you’ll receive more than one offer. Now there’s a problem worth having.

Good luck!!

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

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Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 6)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

Interview tipsWe’re rounding the final turn and in the home stretch. Landing the job is now in your sights. We’ve covered all the necessary Preparation – research, logistics, what to bring and what to wear. Then we moved into the Interview specifically – demeanor.

Let’s head toward the finish line, shall we.

Interview discussionDiscussion
I mentioned before, stay focused. Keep your goal in mind. With that said, make sure your comments are very much oriented toward what you will bring and add to their organization. In Part 1, I recommended preparing for the inevitable questions. Have a few of your own as well. They need to be well-thought out and relevant. They need to show your understanding of the responsibilities, interest in the position and excitement for the opportunity you’re being given.

I highly recommend you don’t do the following:
Do's and don'ts1. Don’t ask TOO many questions. Although you are, to some degree, interviewing them as well…that’s not how they see it.
2. Don’t bring up salary and benefits, until they do. If they’re ready to talk about it, you’re doing great. If they’re not, don’t get discouraged. But you might as well wait until they are. It really serves no purpose discussing it prematurely.
3. Don’t answer questions with only a yes or no. Elaborate, with clear, concise explanations and examples from your experience.
4. Don’t joke around too much. Show your personality and enjoy the interview process. Keep it light. But if you used to be the class clown, this isn’t the time or place to prove it.
Don't lie5. Don’t, and I repeat, don’t lie or misrepresent your qualifications. It’s all part of having integrity. You are who you are. I promise you, if not today, then someday, lying during an interview will come back to haunt you and your reputation.
6. And while you’re not doing any of these five things…don’t chew gum…no matter how much it calms you.

You’re pulling ahead of the pack now. No photo-finishes here. Tomorrow will be the last chapter in this series. I’ll meet you in the winner’s circle.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 4)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

interview tipsWe have just one more area to discuss in regards to the preparation, having already covered Research, Logistics and What to Bring. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Dress for success.” Well, there’s some truth to that. When you go on an interview, you need to fit in with the culture of the company, and how you put yourself together makes a difference.

Attire
Dress for successLike some of the other tips I’ve provided, they’re just common sense, but each is important and shouldn’t be forgotten or deemed unnecessary. Take the time to put yourself together. Make sure you give the impression that you care about the interview, the time they’re giving you and the opportunity. Dress appropriately. If you’ve done your research (which I know you have), you’ll know how formal or casual the environment is. On an interview, I would suggest dressing more to the formal side. Better to overdress than under.

Too much bling for an interviewDon’t overdo the cologne or perfume. Trust me, if you stink, good or bad, you’re not going to get hired. Remember, during an interview, the interviewers are thinking about more than just your qualifications. They’re imagining what it would be like to work with you. Make sure you fit in. If you’re standing out for the wrong reasons – not good. Keep what you’re wearing simple. Avoid T-shirts with controversial messages and anything with distracting prints. You need to be more interesting than what you’re wearing. General rule, if you have tattoos, cover them. Over the last decade or so, they’ve obviously become much more acceptable and common, but you need to know the employer. Most still don’t want them visible in the workplace. And finally, keep the accessories to a minimum. Don’t walk in with all the bling you own. Again, distracting. This is about you, your qualifications and personality. Leave the shining to them.

Preparation complete. Next week, I’ll dive into some tips for the interview itself.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.