Thursday, March 2, 2017

What to Do Before, During, and After Your Interview

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Did you know...

Most people go into a job interview without really knowing what's what. For instance...

Have you created targeted resumes for each industry and category in which you intend to interview?

General resumes shout amateur to interviewers.

Have you researched the company and the position thoroughly before arriving at the door?

Too many applicants have no real idea what the company produces, sells, or creates. 

Have you considered your level of technology know-how before applying to a hi tech company?

HR personnel and recruiters are no longer surprised at the number of unqualified people who show up at hi tech interviews.

Have you kept up on your computer skills and online savvy?

Computer skills are a must in today's job market and you will be tested. If you don't have high skills, many community colleges and non profit organizations offer classes to help you update them.

Do you understand how important it is to be, not only on time, but early, and not stressed out?

It sounds cliche' but it's true. Showing up early is a good sign to the interviewer crowd!

Are you well presented, in dress and manner?

Clothes, hair, nails, breath, portfolios all in order? Have someone you know take a look and debrief you! Take a mint with you and pop it 10 minutes before you meet with the interviewer.

Have you created a Review Form so you can make notes after the interview?

This is essential. Critique yourself and the interviewer. Give yourself some ideas about what you think went well and what you need to change on either the call-back interview, or your interview with the next company.

Do you know how to write a thank you note?

A simple acknowledgment note suffices. Some career coaches will tell you the notes are not important. They are. Simple, not too wordy, no overflowing praises, just 'Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time.'

Today, there are millions of jobs that go unfilled every month. With a bit of practice and awareness, there's no reason why at least one of them can't be yours.

Each interview is unique. When you prepare, pretend it's the only one that matters. For the moment, it is.

Up and at 'em!

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