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Job Interview Tips
From:  Carnegie Resources.   http://www.carnegieresources.com

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

                 Your appearance is critical. Dress and act appropriately whenever you have
                 contact with a potential employer.  Every meeting is a chance for you to be
                 evaluated.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This means
                 that no matter how casual the meeting (especially breakfast or lunch 'get
                 togethers')  appears to be, you have an opportunity to make an impression that
                 counts. Be well groomed and look professional. Don't overdo the make up,
                 cologne or perfume. While this may seem obvious, employers say appearance will
                 either disqualify a prospective employee immediately or move the applicant along
                 to the next level. When in doubt, it's better to dress too conservatively rather than
                 too casually. Before you walk in, take a few deep breaths to calm your nerves.
                 Give a firm -- not a limp or bone crushing -- handshake.

                 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
                 Be positive during your interview.  An employer is only interested in what you
                 have to offer his company.  If you give the impression that you are only interested
                 in what the company can do for you, they will lose interest immediately.  A firm
                 handshake and eye contact are critical.  If you have difficulty looking someone in
                 the eye, look at the the bridge of their nose.  It will appear that you are looking
                 them in the eye.  We highly recommend the book 'Knock 'Em Dead',
                 www.knockemdead.com. Appear confident and relaxed during the interview and
                 use humor where appropriate, especially to defuse inappropriate or
                 touchy questions. Avoid stiff, canned speeches. Show respect for the recruiter's
                 time. If the interview is only 30 minutes, for instance, don't give eight minute
                 answers. Be aware of your body language. Don't cross your arms or fiddle
                 nervously with a pen or piece of paper. It's OK to lean forward to make points.
                 You want to be natural yet convey energy and initiative.

                 Let the interviewer establish the pace. Don't interrupt or ask questions at this point.
                 You don't want to come across as overly aggressive. Listen carefully. There will
                 come a time to ask questions, and this is when you can demonstrate your range of
                 knowledge about the company, its products and how your skills and experience fit
                 their needs.  We suggest writing down questions in advance and taking
                 them with you. Enthusiasm is often the significant factor in hiring. Interviewers
                 respond to a candidate's enthusiasm about a job. They want team players, yet they
                 also want someone who comes in with new ideas and eagerness, -- unlikely to be
                 found in an employee who's had a dozen similar jobs and who may be nearing

                 If there are negative things in your education or employment, be honest.  Don't
                 dwell on them and do try to put them in as positive a light as possible. 
                 Do not make negative comments about past employers.  You do not want to appear
                 to be a malcontent. End the interview on a positive note.  If you are interested in
                 the position, tell the interviewer.  Don't make them try to read your mind. 
                 Remember that your competition is definitely asking for the job.  As you shake
                 hands good-bye, restate the key message that you want the job. That won't cinch
                 things, but it will set you apart from the pack, experts say. One good approach is to
                 say, 'Steve, you've given me a great picture of ABC Company and it  just confirms
                 in my mind that ABC Company remains my first choice. Working for you is
                 something I'd really like to do. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.  If
                 there's any other information you need, please give me a call.'

Interview Mistakes

Interviewing Tips, Preparing for an Interview


1. Poor or casual personal appearance.

2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm: Passive and indifferent.

3. Over emphasis on money: interested only in best dollar offer, benefits, hours and vacation.

4. Condemnation of past employers.

5. Failure to look at the interviewer when conversing.

6. Limp, fishy handshake.

7. Unwillingness to go where sent. 

8. Late to interview.

9. Failure to express appreciation for interviewers time.

10. Asks no questions about job or company. 

11. Indefinite response to questions.

12. Overbearing, over aggressive, conceited with superiority or   "know it all complex."

13. Inability to express self clearly: Poor voice diction, grammar.

14. Lack of planning for career: no purpose and goals.

15. Lack of confidence and poise: nervous and ill at ease. 

16. Failure to participate in activities.

17. Unwilling to start at the bottom-expects too much too soon.

18. Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavorable factors in record.

19. Lack of tact.

20. Lack of courtesy: ill mannered.

21. Lack of Maturity.

22. Lack of vitality. 

23. Indecision and hesitation.

24. Sloppy application, not fully completed or putting see resume.

25. Merely shopping around seeking a counter offer.

26. Wants job for short time.

27. No interest in company or industry.

28. Low moral standards.

29. Cynical.

30. Lazy. 

31. Intolerant: strong prejudices. 

32. Narrow interests.

33. Inability to take criticism.

34. High pressure type.

From:  Business & Career Avenues   http://www.geocities.com/Eureka/Office/2655/interv.html

Jobs, Employment, and Career advice page:
Make a Great First Impression at Job Interviews by being Prepared for those Tough Job Interview Questions!

Don't be caught off guard by predictable job interview questions!

Imagine being prepared for just about every possible question a job interviewer could throw at you! Not only would you be more relaxed and confident in the interview, but you'd have a chance to prepare dynamic and well thought-out answers to those job interview questions. The following article includes most of the questions you're likely to encounter in a job interview situation. It also offers some suggestions on how to project a winning attitude, put effective interview strategies into action, and increase your chances of turning interviews into a job offer. Most of the time you only get one chance to make a positive impression in job interviews, and some people would argue that the first five minutes are all that matter. With that in mind, it's best to leave nothing to chance, including small but important details like arriving at interviews a few minutes early, making sure your interview suit is clean and pressed, and having a couple extra copies of your resume with you, in case the interviewer can't find his or her copy, or (and this is a good thing to mentally prepare for) if you're going to be interviewed by a committee or a series of interviewers.

Successful job interviews are like a good theatrical performance. If you convincingly act confident, enthusiastic, and prepared for those tricky questions, there's a good chance you'll be called back for an encore! The job candidate that gets chosen isn't necessarily the one who's the most experienced or capable; it's often the job-seeker who has cultivated the ability to relax at job interviews — to "just be themselves" — to answer questions in a deliberate way, and to come across in interviews as if they really believe in themselves. With persistence and determination, almost anyone can acquire the skill to answer interview questions with confidence and composure.

A highly recommended way to increase your level of comfort and confidence in the interview is by taking the time, a day or two before the interview, to mentally review your accomplishments and the high points of your resume. You should be able to rattle off your qualifications, your academic credentials, and your successful career experiences as effortlessly as reciting your own name, address, and phone number.

Know your answers to probable interview
questions before you walk through the door!

Update your resume before the interview, looking for ways to put the most positive spin on your career history and responsibilities. It's always best to be totally honest, but, on the other hand, don't shortchange yourself by understating or minimizing your career or educational accomplishments. Failing to give yourself all the credit you deserve is one way to sabotage your chances of being hired. For example: if you initiated and coordinated a successful project, don't leave those details out of your resume and job interview. If you helped save your last employer $100,000, don't hide that fact. If you developed a new, more efficient training technique that was implemented at your last job, don't neglect to talk about that in the interview and include it in your resume. Make a list of and review all these achievements, so they won't slip your mind when you need them most. Forgetting to mention any or all of those types of accomplishments could make the difference between being offered the job or getting passed over for it.

One key tactic for projecting a powerful, competent, and experienced image is by using action words to describe yourself and the work you've done. That technique also helps create a dynamic resume. Examples: "I coordinated ... managed ... initiated ... supervised ... produced ... built ... solved ... recruited ... formed a new department ... provided leadership for ...etc."

A time-tested strategy for feeling and acting prepared for an upcoming job interview is to rehearse answers to typical questions that will probably be posed in one form or another. A fatal error that many job applicants make is to try to "wing it" when they respond to questions from job interviewers. If you mentally review your positive attributes, your accomplishments, and your strengths, before you shake hands with the job interviewer for the first time, you will appear more focused, organized, and articulate at the job interview than if you attempted to fly by the seat of your pants! (Don't try that at home!) Bottom line: you need to know your answers to probable interview questions before you walk through the door!

Assuming you're qualified for the job -- and if you cleared the first hurdle (namely, being invited to the job interview in the first place), chances are you are qualified -- then the image you project, and how you present yourself, will make or break you! So smile, make lots of eye contact with the interviewer, have a firm handshake, act enthusiastic about the job and the company, and, perhaps most importantly, rehearse the answers to these common (and not-so-typical) job interview questions:

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses? (What you say here can and will be used against you!)
  • How would your current (or last) boss describe you?*
  • What were your boss's responsibilities? (Interviewers sometimes ask this question to prevent you from having the chance to claim that you did your boss's job. Be ready for it!)
  • What's your opinion of them? (Never criticize your past or present boss in an interview. It just makes you look bad!)
  • How would your co-workers or subordinates describe you professionally?* (Remember, now is not the time for modesty! Brag a little bit.)
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why do you want to leave your present employer?
  • Why should we hire you over the other finalists?
  • What qualities or talents would you bring to the job?*
  • Tell me about your accomplishments.
  • What is your most important contribution to your last (or current) employer?
  • How do you perform under deadline pressure? Give me an example.
  • How do you react to criticism? (You try to learn from it, of course!)
  • Describe a conflict or disagreement at work in which you were involved. How was it resolved?
  • What are two of the biggest problems you've encountered at your job and how did you overcome them?
  • Think of a major crisis you've faced at work and explain how you handled it.
  • Give me an example of a risk that you took at your job (past or present) and how it turned out.
  • What's your managerial style like?
  • Have you ever hired employees; and, if so, have they lived up to your expectations?
  • What type of performance problems have you encountered in people who report to you, and how did you motivate them to improve?
  • Describe a typical day at your present (or last) job.
  • What are the last three books you've read?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

And finally, an interview question which is almost always asked, but is rarely responded to effectively is, "Do you have any questions?"! Most interviewers are not asking that final question just to be polite or because it's a smooth segue to the end of the interview. More often than not, they're expecting you to show at least some knowledge of the company or some genuine interest in the company's future.
*Your underlying message throughout the interview should be that you're hard working, dedicated, results-oriented, dependable, organized, cooperative, a creative problem-solver, a good communicator, an effective project manager, a good delegator, and that you believe in doing things right the first time...or assigning tasks and projects to other people and following through to make sure that they do them right!

If you give some thought to the above questions, and rehearse them out loud, you'll sound prepared, self-assured, and capable in the interview. Those are among the key qualities that make a job applicant stand out among the competition and create a dynamic impression. Always concentrate on putting your best foot forward, give yourself the benefit of the doubt, and above all: avoid sounding or appearing tentative in your attitudes, answers, or behavior. (If you imply that you don't believe yourself, you can be sure that an interviewer won't!).

Remind yourself that you're not going to job interviews to win any humility contests! If you don't sing your own praises at the interview, chances are, there will be no encore performance!

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