Friday, April 18, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

the job interview

An interview is usually a series of questions and answers to determine if an applicant is suitable for employment. Interviews always differ depending on the strategy that the interviewer finds suitable, it can begin with some chit-chat and then move on to the relevant questions or simply get right to business.
Always dress very professionally, wear clean and pressed clothes and proper shoes.
Make sure to be polite and formal when you speak. Maintain great eye contact and smile during the interview. Use positive body language when speaking and spoken to. Don’t sit down until told to do so and never put your belongings on the interviewer’s desk.
If interviewed in a café or restaurant, make sure you have appropriate dining etiquette skills. Concentrate on the interview and speak clearly and audibly.
When interviewed by more than one person, you have to adapt your communication style to each individual that’s interviewing you.
If you feel that you’re messing up the interview, ask the interviewer for directives seeing as he or she is in control of the situation and knows what’s not working in the interview. This gives you the chance to gather your thoughts and revive your energy to jump back into the interview.
If you are being interviewed by phone, the best thing to do is to make sure to use a lot of inflection in your voice and find out what again is it that the employer is looking for in terms of the determined position in order to maximize your interview time and sell yourself to specifically what the requirements are.
Legally an employer can’t ask you to take a lie detection test unless you are applying for a government or high-security type of position. Employers are not allowed to ask any questions relating to ethnicity, family status, childbearing status, and anything that relates to culture, gender, family status, or anything like that.
At the end of the interview wait for the employer to ask you if you have any questions and when he says that, lean forward look him squarely in the eye with a great smile and ask him if you may have the job. You have to be proactive about your career search, if they don’t call you back, you call them.

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