HowtoInterviewWith the economy in the shape it is today, individuals feel grateful to receive any contact back from a job application, let alone an interview.  More often than not, individuals find themselves in phone interviews before having an actual sit-down.  Unless an individual is considered a top candidate, companies definitely do not fly people out.  What can an individual do to make a good impression?  What can an individual do to secure a slot in a physical interview?  This article will offer some tips of that nature.

The key to any form of interviewing is in the preparation.  Phone interviews precede any in-person interviews.  Their purpose is to screen and filter through applicants, thus saving money and time for the company.  Treat this interview with the utmost importance.

The first key of preparation is studying the company.  Companies want to know that this is not simply a link or application you filled out online.  They want to know that you are seriously interested in the company and find value therein.  Although, you may not know the inside trades of the business, you can study the history.  Viable companies have websites, which provide literature about the company.  Search out articles on the web about the company and its interactions within its market.  Find out what products and services it promotes.  Find out its contributions to society.  Each of these things is important, as it will let the interviewer know that you really are interested in the company.

 Be early for the interview by at least 15 minutes.  This gives an individual time to collect himself and prepare himself mentally.  Plus, it shows respect.  If this is a phone interview, be ready just the same.  Limit distractions and have writing materials at hand to take notes for the interview.  Put the dog outside.  Turn off the cell phone or the LAN line.  Let individuals in the house know that an interview is about to take place and quiet is needed.  Put a sign on the door, so that no one rings or knocks.

 Next, make a good impression.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we are judgmental.  We make judgments based on appearances.  What an individual wears, how they carry themselves, the words they speak all send a message.  However, before an individual even opens his mouth, an interviewer has already decided on an opinion.  As a result, if the interview is in-person, dress appropriately.  Take out any piercings, besides a modest set of earrings.  Shower.  Put on a light-scented perfume or cologne—nothing overpowering.  Cut your hair (if needed) and wear it neatly.  Dress professionally.  It is not necessary to go into debt to purchase a professional outfit.  However, a suit for men or a suit for women is appropriate.  Wearing clothes that are up-to-date helps interviews to typically go better.  Wear nice, but professional, make-up (not too much eye shadow or glamorous lipstick).  Dress as if coming to the job for the day.  (It’s important to note here that dressing up, even if the job is more casual, shows signs of respect.  The only way it would be appropriate to dress down is if the interviewee knew the interviewer appreciated someone dressing down as a sign of confidence and level of comfort.  However, if mistaken, this could cause the interviewee the job.)

 Smile.  In-person, companies will note a happy individual.  Over the phone, the smile will be reflected in the interviewer’s voice.

 Aside from looks, confidence is very important.  Companies like to hire individuals who are confident in themselves.  This does not mean arrogant or self-absorbed.  This means that an individual says something and stands by it.  An individual is not so nervous that he cannot have a conversation without laughing nervously or over boisterously.  This aspect plays a significant role for telephone interviews, because the interviewer does not see the interviewee.  It’s important to say intelligent things.  It’s important to say appropriate things (This means no foul language, no excessive opinions, unless asked for an opinion, etc.).

 Another way to make a great impression is in the things said.  It’s important that interviewers ask good and thoughtful questions.  Some of these can be thought of ahead of time.  It’s important that an interviewer refrain from gossiping about previous employers.  This does not go over well, as the interviewee may question what an individual would then say about her or the company, if hired.  Refrain from discussing personal problems or issues.  Again, stick to professionalism.  Be oneself and be positive.

 The last tip is follow-through.  Sometimes, this can be the difference between getting a job or not getting a job.  Upon interviewing, send a “thank you” note for the interview via email, and then, allow the company the necessary time to make the decision.  After a few days, follow up with a phone call to see if a decision has been made.  If a decision has not been made, acquire as to when this might happen.  Further, call again a few days later.  Please note, excessive calling throughout the day or each day consecutively does not go over well.  It annoys and may result in being scratched from the list.  The point of follow-up is to let the employer know that one is serious about the job, but also to find out about the status of the position.

 Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking thing.  Much is at stake.  Remember to take a deep breath and relax.  Prepare and remember to act professionally at all times.  It is possible to have a good experience with interviewing and one can succeed with it.

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