SMART Interview Tips

Interviews can be rather stressful if you are not prepared or don’t know what to expect. While some industries have their own way of conducting interviews as would be the case when some large organizations are involved and the choose to use the interview by panel route, the basics for all face-to-face meetings remain the same, regardless of the size of the organization. I have taken the opportunity to list the ‘basics’ below.

Before the Interview:

• Research the company so that you will be able to speak intelligently on the subject when asked. The degree of research you need to do is directly proportional to where you expect to be in the organizational hierarchy. Individuals applying for entry level positions need not to be as informed as those individuals who are looking for senior management positions

For the Interview:
• Dress professionally i.e. wear conservative clothing, appropriate shoes, minimal jewellery, little or no perfume
• Bring breath mints and pop one in your mouth before the interview begins – NO CHEWING GUM
• Dress one level above the job you are seeking
• Bring a portfolio or briefcase with you that contains extra copies of your résumé, a notepad and a pen
• Turn OFF your cell phone or Blackberry and put it away will of your other electronic gadgets
• Arrive at the interview destination at least 10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to begin. the coffee cup outside! You really don’t need that kind of security blanket.Leave
• When you arrive at your destination, introduce yourself to the receptionist. Don’t forget to smile!

During the Interview:
• Smile
• Wait to be asked to take a seat
• Take a seat AFTER the person who is doing the interview has taken theirs
• DO NOT accept an offer for coffee although accepting a glass of water is perfectly fine
• Remain as calm as possible
• Questions that you should expect to answer during the interview include the following:
• Tell me about yourself – This question is directed at your qualifications for the job, not about your extra curricular activities. You want to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.
o Why do you want to work for this company?
o Why should we hire you?
o Why did you leave your last job?
o Where do you see yourself in five years?
• If the question that is being asked of you needs further clarification, do not hesitate to ask for that clarification.
• It is perfectly fine to take a moment or two to compose your thoughts before to begin answering the questions posed by the interviewer.
• If you are unsure if you have asked the question completely, as the interviewer if you need to expand on your answer
• Be prepared to ask questions of the interviewer when given the opportunity. Good questions to ask include:
o Why is this opportunity available?
o What is the turnover rate for employees in this company?
o What is the timeline for filling the position?

End of the interview:
• Ask for the business card of the interviewer.
• Read the name and job title of the interviewer
• Thank the interviewer BY NAME for his/her time and consideration

Follow-up
• DO IT! – Send a thank you card or, at the very minimum, a e-mail that details how much you appreciate being considered for the job.

©Salvino 20090618

Mary Salvino MBA is a freelance writer and career/business consultant who lives in Vancouver, BC. She has decades of experience in all aspects of career and retail management and is a valuable resource to both corporations and individuals in the area of strategic planning.

Related Aeromodelling Tips Articles

Job Interview Tips

Having a job interview makes you anxious? This article describes what aspects should be monitored to successfully face this process. As recognized, the most important thing is that the interviewer finds a safe and positive impression of you at first sight. The personal interview is the most important test of any selection process. Although there are no recipes for overcoming it successfully, it is essential that the candidate spend a reasonable time to prepare for his meeting, so it can “provide clear, concise information about his career and a secure print”.


What aspects of the aspirant must prepare before attending a job interview?

It is recommended that the applicant review all data on your resume and reconsider about their motivations and expectations regarding the vacancy. During the interview, the coach will seek to “identify the competencies and capabilities of the candidate, in order to assess their suitability for the post.”


Structure of the interview

The interview is usually divided into three phases: the start of the appraisal and closing. During the first, it is important that the candidate care issues such as greeting, shake hands warmly, addressing the selection of treatment with you and express gratitude for the opportunity you are providing.


In the second stage, the interviewer will explore areas related to career training and employment of the candidate and the reasons for the role. The goal of screening at this stage is to clarify expectations, skills, abilities and professional attitudes. Although it is uncommon, the applicant may feel uncomfortable with questions raised by his interlocutor; it is advisable to address this situation in a natural conversation, responding to safety and in an honest manner.


At the end of the interview, the candidate selector presents all the information about the general conditions of the post. It is at this point that the applicant should remove any doubt, and reiterated their interest in the position and briefly explain why they ran for the job.

Job Interview Answers provides quality tips to improve your skills and successfully face a job interview.