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Job Interview Tips
From:  Carnegie Resources.

Employment Agency Jobs Interview Tips
To give you that inside job interview edge.

                 Your resume is your sales brochure.  In many cases it is the only opportunity you
                 will have  to present yourself to a potential employer.  It must be neat and easy to
                 read.  Spelling and punctuation errors are fatal.  Have someone you trust proofread
                 and correct your resume.  Remember that potential employers receive many
                 resumes The person screening them is usually not a technical specialist.  If they do
                 not find what they are looking for or think your resume is sloppy, that will be the
                 end of the line for you.  Using an objective statement limits the scope of
                 opportunities you will be considered for.  Do not use one.  A summary of skills is
                 more appropriate, do not use 'I' in your resume, do not include hobbies, interests or
                 personal information.  A resume should never exceed 2 pages.  The chronological
                 format is preferred, it starts with your current position and travels back.  It lists
                 dates, job titles, employer and employer's location for each job.  Many employers
                 prefer this format because of its familiarity.

                  JOB RESEARCH
                 What does the employer do?  What is the corporate culture like?  What are the
                 challenges facing the industry?  These are clues as to what the employer is looking
                 for in a candidate.  Research the company. Go to the library for reference books.
                 Search the internet for company home pages, these are treasure troves of
                 background information.  Use search engines.  Use every possible resource to
                 gather information that prepares you thoroughly to understand what the company
                 does. Use these resources and mention some of the things you learned when you


                 You are talking to an important person.  Do not act rude or superior. Be pleasant
                 and it may pay off.  Be aware that how you treat these gate keepers will affect the
                 net result of your visit with other important people in the company.  It will also be
                 communicated to those who make final decisions.

                  JOB INTERVIEW   


                 Follow-up with a thank you note (see below). If you are interested in the position,
                 say so.  The employer is looking for your interest and enthusiasm.  They want
                 people who want the job.

                  THANK YOU LETTERS
                 Now that you have written a resume and done everything right during an interview,
                 there is still one important thing to do (no one said this was going to be easy). You
                 need to write a Thank You Letter.

                 Sending a Thank You Letter is an important step in the process.  It shows that you
                 understand and practice good business etiquette.  The letter gives you a chance to
                 reinforce some of the positive things you said in the interview.  You can also add
                 anything that you forget to mention in the interview.  Keep it brief!

                 Here are some things to consider when putting your Thank you letter

                 Thank the employer for his or her time during the interview; this is, after all, a
                 thank you letter.

                 Mention some of the things you learned during the interview, specifically those
                 things you feel you are qualified to do. For example, 'I was especially excited to
                 learn that you are looking for someone with ProE design experience. As you may
                 recall my mentioning, I have over five years of experience designing components
                 in 3D.' Invite the employer to contact you for more information if necessary.

                 Mention that you are looking forward to the employer's positive decision.

How To Survive Interview Day

From http://www.1employmentfinder.com/interview.html

Be early
Make a winning impression by showing you are reliable and organized. Get directions in advance and take a test drive if you are unfamiliar with the area. Also, check out the parking situation or public transportation schedules. Allow enough time for traffic and unexpected delays.

It's all about you
Review your resume thoroughly, but don't memorize it word for word. When talking, focus on your skills and accomplishments and how they correlate to the position you want. Hone in on how your experience has prepared you for this job and what you can bring to the table.

Dress to impress
Follow this simple rule of thumb: "It's better to be over-dressed than under-dressed." Even if the work environment is casual, your appearance still must be neat, clean and professional. Unless the interviewer specifically tells you to dress casually, a classic suit is always your best bet. Also, limit your use of jewelry, makeup and cologne or perfume.

The name game
Make sure you know the correct name and pronunciation of the interviewer. Listen carefully when the interviewer states his or her name and repeat it back when you say hello. Before you leave, ask for a business card from each person you met. This gives you the necessary information to write thank-you letters.

Hand it over
A firm handshake is a sign of confidence, but avoid the bone crushing vice grip. Weak and clammy handshakes typically make a bad impression. Don't forget to look the interviewer directly in the eye when initiating contact.

Body language
Appear confident by sitting up straight and maintaining good eye contact throughout the interview. Poor posture may translate to low self-esteem. Refrain from fidgeting or chewing gum or candy.

Be nice
You never know who you'll meet in the parking lot, elevator or lobby, so be polite to everyone from the receptionist to the CEO. After all, they could have an influence in the hiring process.

Short and sweet
Avoid long-winded answers. Practice in advance and you will sound more focused and polished.

The sounds of silence
While it may be golden, silence can be uncomfortable. However, jumping in with irrelevant comments just to fill up airtime will only make you look nervous. If you are experiencing trouble forming an answer to a question, wait a few seconds before responding. The use of "um, uh, like, well, err ..." sounds well, um ... stupid. Take your time and think before you speak.

Cold hard cash
Although salary is an important factor in your job search, don't let it be the driving force behind your choice. In interviews, it's more important to talk about why you're the right person for the job. Do not bring up salary unless the interviewer asks.

Practice makes perfect
Rehearsing is not just for actors. Take time to review what you want to say by asking a friend to play "the interviewer." By practicing your responses to typical interviewing questions, you will significantly reduce your stress level and improve your chances of making a winning impression on the interviewer.


From:  http://jobs.asiaco.com/resources/

Top 10 Interview Tips

Great interviews arise from careful groundwork. You can ace your next interview if you:

  1. Enter into a state of relaxed concentration. This is the state from which great basketball players or Olympic skaters operate. You'll need to quiet the negative self chatter in your head through meditation or visualization prior to sitting down in the meeting. You'll focus on the present moment and will be less apt to experience lapses in concentration, nervousness, self-doubt and self-condemnation. 
  2. Act spontaneous, but be well prepared. Be your authentic self, professional yet real. Engage in true conversation with your interviewer, resting on the preparation you did prior to coming to the meeting. Conduct several trial runs with another person simulating the interview before it actually occurs. It's the same as anticipating the questions you'll be asked on a final exam. 
  3. Set goals for the interview. It is your job to leave the meeting feeling secure that the interviewer knows as much as he or she possibly can about your skills, abilities, experience and achievements. If you sense there are misconceptions, clear them up before leaving. If the interviewer doesn't get around to asking you important questions, pose them yourself (diplomatically) and answer them. Don't leave the meeting without getting your own questions answered so that you have a clear idea of what you would be getting yourself into. If possible, try to get further interviews, especially with other key players. 
  4. Know the question behind the question. Ultimately, every question boils down to, "Why should we hire you?" Be sure you answer that completely. If there is a question about your meeting deadlines, consider whether the interviewer is probing delicately about your personal life, careful not to ask you whether your family responsibilities will interfere with your work. Find away to address fears if you sense they are present. 
  5. Follow up with an effective "thank you" letter. Don't write this letter lightly. It is another opportunity to market yourself. Find some areas discussed in the meeting and expand upon them in your letter. Writing a letter after a meeting is a very minimum. Standing out among the other candidates will occur if you thoughtfully consider this follow up letter as an additional interview in which you get to do all the talking. Propose useful ideas that demonstrate your added value to the team. 
  6. Consider the interviewer's agenda. Much is on the shoulders of the interviewer. He or she has the responsibility of hiring the right candidate. Your ability to do the job will need to be justified. "Are there additional pluses here?" "Will this person fit the culture of this organization?" These as well as other questions will be heavily on the interviewer's mind. Find ways to demonstrate your qualities above and beyond just doing the job. 
  7. Expect to answer the question, "Tell me about yourself." This is a pet question of prepared and even unprepared interviewers. Everything you include should answer the question, "Why should we hire you?" Carefully prepare your answer to include examples of achievements from your work life that closely match the elements of the job before you. Obviously, you'll want to know as much about the job description as you can before you respond to the question. 
  8. Watch those nonverbal clues. Experts estimate that words express only 30% to 35% of what people actually communicate; facial expressions and body movements and actions convey the rest. Make and keep eye contact. Walk and sit with a confident air. Lean toward an interviewer to show interest and enthusiasm. Speak with a well-modulated voice that supports appropriate excitement for the opportunity before you. 
  9. Be smart about money questions. Don't fall into the trap of telling the interviewer your financial expectations. You may be asking for too little or too much money and in each case ruin your chances of being offered the job. Instead, ask what salary range the job falls in. Attempt to postpone a money discussion until you have a better understanding of the scope of responsibilities of the job. 
  10. Don't hang out your dirty laundry. Be careful not to bare your soul and tell tales that are inappropriate or beyond the scope of the interview. State your previous experience in the most positive terms. Even if you disagreed with a former employer, express your enthusiasm for earlier situations as much as you can. Whenever you speak negatively about another person or situation in which you were directly involved, you run the risk (early in the relationship) of appearing like a troubled person who may have difficulty working with others. 

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