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HOW TO INTERVIEW WELL

  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Being too early can disrupt the interviewer's schedule.
  • Whether you're talking to the receptionist or the CEO, you are being assessed from the moment you step through the door. A warm, courteous greeting and smile shows confidence.
  • If in a panel interview - allow your eyes to address everyone in the group, finally returning to the interviewer who posed the question.
  • Listen carefully to each question and respond naturally and honestly. This is where practice questions really help. Stay focused on the question - don't ramble.
  • If the question is not clear, ask the interviewer to clarify.
  • There will be difficult questions - make your answers candid and positive. Do not be negative about your last position or colleagues - such comments will reflect badly on you.
  • Attitude is a big part of the selection process. Respond to questions with a positive, optimistic and enthusiastic attitude.
  • If salary compensation is brought up – let the interviewer decide how specific to get, and/or refer to your discussions with TES
  • Be prepared with a few questions of your own.  Ask about the technology or tools that are used for the job, or the type of team atmosphere they like to foster, and how.
  • At the end of the interview, try to get an understanding of what the next step will be. Ask the following types of questions: How would you like to proceed? Have I provided you with the information you need? Where are you in the selection process? When should I plan to follow up? This way, you leave with a sense of how you've been evaluated and what to expect next.
  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time with a strong handshake and confident smile and let them know you are excited about the prospect of working for their company.
  • Practice positive, professional body language:
    • Establish and maintain eye contact (but do not stare!) - it shows interest and respect
    • As a rule of thumb, dress a little “better” than you would expect to on the job
    • Use good posture to show attentiveness
    • Don’t be afraid to use gestures to emphasize your words
    • Avoid distracting, or 'grooming' gestures like playing with hair or jewellery, or fiddling with your clothing
    • If possible, observe yourself on videotape
    • Enlist friends and family to give you feedback on how you come across
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