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Step 1: Find out All You Can About Your Prospective Employer. Talk with your friends and colleagues to see if they are familiar with the company. Do they know anyone who has interviewed with the company? Find out as much as possible about the job duties and requirements of the position. Do an internet search and see if the employer has a website. Read their company history and mission statement. Do they specialize in a particular field? Who is the owner or company president? This will help you ask intelligent questions and show knowledge about their organization. Step 2: Do a Pre-Interview Self Assessment. Are you able to convey to your prospective employer positive information about yourself? Do you convey confidence and professionalism? Make a list of your skills and personality traits that would be of benefit to the employer. Make a list of possible interview questions and practice answering them out loud with family, friends or the career counselor. Be able to give specific examples to anticipated interview questions and not just general statements. Why they should hire you? Tell me a little about yourself? Tell me about your training at PCI? What do you enjoy doing the most/least? Why do you want to work here? What were your duties at your last job? Ask for critiques of your delivery style and communication skills. Step 3: The Actual Interview.
DRESS FOR THE INTERVIEW NOT THE JOB
Dress appropriately in professional business attire. This is defiantly not the time to be making any trendy fashion statements. Carry an extra copy of your resume, academic records and personal references. Arrive 15 minutes early. Don't arrive way too early (makes you look desperate for a job) and never ever arrive late. Lateness is an employment killer and sign that you are unreliable. Plan enough slack time so you won't be rushed before the big interview. Use this time to relax and observe how the staff and others in the office interact. Always present yourself in a confident manor - walk briskly, with purpose, and stand up straight. Complete the job application completely and don't leave any blank spaces. Never lie on an application! When you meet the interviewer look him or her in the eye and give a firm handshake. Be yourself. Be confident but not arrogant. Try to relax and make the interviewer feel relaxed. Remain positive and enthusiastic. Speak clearly. Don't talk too much or too little. Listen
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carefully to the interviewers questions. Ask questions as though you already have the job - What would a typical day be like? When will the job start? Who will be my supervisor? etc. Do not make your first question what's the salary. Remember to focus upon your accomplishments and achievements. If you are really interested in the job, let the interviewer know about it. Step 4: The Post Interview The interview process doesn't end when you walk out the door! Be sure to write a thank you letter. Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to interview with their company. If you really want the job, say so in the letter. If you have not heard anything within a week to 10 days, you may want to call. Assure them that you are not trying to be pushy, but that you are just interested in working for their company. Even If you are not hired, send a thank you letter to the company and ask them to keep you in mind for any other similar job openings in the future. You may want to ask the interviewer if there was any specific reason as to why you weren't hired. Ensure them that you only want to know this information to assist you in your future job searches.
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Your individual job search strategy needs to be tailored to your individual situation. The following tips apply to everyone, whether you are seeking an internship, co-op or permanent position, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. 1. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you limit your job search to just one method, you will limit your options. Use a mix of methods. 2. No one job search method will reveal all of the jobs out there. Not every kind of job or industry is represented in every job search method. For example there are many jobs you will not find through the On-Campus Interviewing Program, and there are many jobs you will not find posted on Internet sites. If you want to maximize your options, you will need to use multiple methods. (See pros and cons of the ways to look for jobs.) 3. Start early. That means at the beginning of your final year if you're completing your degree, and it means in fall if you're looking for a summer internship. Some employers look for hires and recruit many months in advance of the anticipated work-start date. If you don't start early, you can still find
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You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind." Don't limit yourself to one source. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present. A job search is hard work. (See the Monster Major-to-Career Converter to see job titles and get ideas. industries. Your motivation and attitude are the keys to your success. A good explanation is that you have set goals. Talk to faculty in your department. Talk to students who will graduate (or have graduated) ahead of you. Expect to put in as much work. for two semesters. You can see universitywide statistics and statistics for your college. The real world is not organized by major. but you will have missed out on some of the options. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. as a really tough 3-credit-hour class in which you want to get an A. Learn how others pursuing your career field or industry have been successful. kinds of businesses. and you have met some and are on tract to achieve the others. job skills and career fields. Learn to think beyond major. See How VT Graduates Found Full-time Jobs in the Post-Graduation Report.) 6. Talk to members of your professional associations and student chapters of professional organizations. Some of you have a major that equals a job title. Learn to think about occupations. Notice the plural on "others. Don't expect your job search to be quick and easy. It's worth that to you 50 common interview questions Tell me about yourself. 4. By Somashekar V . The most often asked question in interviews. Use the methods that worked for past graduates (you'll always see networking ranking high). Talk to alumni volunteers you find in VT CareerLink. Most of you don't. 5.opportunity. Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes and briefly explain why.
Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors. Anything else is a distraction. a co-worker at Smith Company. and will easily be sensed. Why do you want to work for this organization? This may take some thought and certainly should be based on the research you have done on the organization. and who are the major players? What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. Do you know anyone who works for us? Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. By Somashekar V . If you do not have specific experience. or other forward-looking reasons." It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself. get as close as you can. a chance to do something special. and where they are going. Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. "Jill Clark. If you do. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are will thought of. Find out where they have been. Have some good ones handy to mention. What experience do you have in this field? Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. Sincerity is extremely important here. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. always said I was the hardest worker she had ever known. Relate it to your long-term career goals.Why did you leave your last job? Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity. or the organization. you will be the one looking bad. What are the current issues. What do co-workers say about you? Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. co-workers.
Be sure to have examples ready. Are you a team player? You are. If you have. be honest. You should be anxious for this question. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization. the interviewer. How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Specifics here are not good. That's the type of answer that works best here. a team player. This is a key point. Then give a wide range. taken off guard. By Somashekar V . So. say no. Instead. If not. do not answer it. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation. Short and positive. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Have you ever been asked to leave a position? If you have not. of course. and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. say that it can depend on the details of the job. Do not brag. But since you need to work. What is your philosophy towards work? The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. this is the type of work you prefer. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. you will do it when it is the right thing to do. "That's a tough question. Why should we hire your? Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. will tell you. say something like. Something like this should work: "I'd like it to be a long time. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Can you tell me the range for this position?" In most cases. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force. Give a little advance thought to this relationship. Do not say yes if you do not mean it. brief. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. If you had enough money to retire right now. you will protect the organization." Or "As long as we both feel I'm doing a good job. would you? Answer yes if you would. showing a benefit to the organization." Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? This is serious.What kind of salary do you need? A loaded question. At the same time.
and I do it conscientiously. You should also have. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. but based on what you've told me about this position. as opposed to shuffling paperwork back at the office. But what I really love to do is sell (if your interviewer were a sales manager. Prior to any interview. I believe I' d make an outstanding match. I know that when I hire people. By Somashekar V . Example: Let's say you're applying for a teaching position. "If given a choice. quickly review you strongest qualifications. just stay positive. I look for two things most of all. Think "real hard" but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. describe what you like most and like least. and what you like least is not essential. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus." Alternate strategy (if you don't yet know enough about the position to talk about such a perfect fit): Instead of confessing a weakness. an example chosen from your most recent and most impressive achievements. this should be music to his ears. which illustrates each strength. What irritates you about co-workers? This a trap question. I long ago learned the importance of filing paperwork properly. I like to spend as much time as possible in front of my prospects selling. the 10 most desirable traits that all employers love to see in their employees are: · Your problem-solving skills. A few good examples: your ability to prioritize. you should have a list mentally prepared of your greatest strengths.Tell me about a suggestion you have made. making sure that what you like most matches up with the most important qualification for success in the position. a specific example or two. Then. Of course. What are your greatest weaknesses? Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. So I can say in all honesty that I see nothing that would cause you even a small concern about my ability or my strong desire to perform this job with excellence. and the motivation to do it well? Everything in my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong desire to achieve excellence in whatever I take on. Have a good one ready. Example: "Nobody's perfect. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.) What is your greatest strength? Numerous answers are good. Do they have the qualifications to do the job well. As a general guideline. You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs before you answer questions.
. What are you looking for in a job? Stay away from a specific job. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. · Your professional expertise. If you say another job is it. you strain credibility. Stay away from a specific job.. violence or lawbreaking to get you to object.. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. If you say the job you are contending for is it. Minor objections will label you as a whiner. The best bet is to stay generic and say something like: "A job where I love the work. · Your ability to focus on projects..clear goals. experience.positive attitude. · Enthusiasm. · Likeability. It would take disloyalty to the organization. · Tell me about your dream job. and interest. like the people. You cannot win... · Your leadership skills. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? · Loyalty · Energy · Positive attitude · Leadership · Team Player · Expertise · Initiative · Patience · Hard Work By Somashekar V . There is not better answer. · Your positive attitude. like the people. You cannot win." What kind of person would you refuse to work with? Do not be trivial. If you say the job you are contending for is it. can contribute. but the work is the most important. and can't wait to get to work.. · Definiteness of purpose.. can contribute. you strain credibility.high level of motivation." Why do you think you would do well at this job? Give several reasons and include skills.· Your ability to work under pressure. If you say another job is it.sense of humor. What is more important to you: the money or the work? Money is always important. and can't wait to get to work. The best bet is to stay generic and say something like: "A job where I love the work.
Safe areas are few but can include. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a superior. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. Would you be willing to relocate if required? You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. Biggest trap of all. What has disappointed you about a job? Don't get trivial or negative. Ø Your outcomes are a success. Ø Your boss tells you that you are successful. You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. y You were laid off in a reduction. y Not enough of a challenge. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. like "progressive". Some of the more common labels.· Creativity · Problem solver · Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. Describe your management style. you may well blow the interview right there. which would have given you more responsibility. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief. Try to avoid labels. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely? Probably this one. y Company did not win a contract. "Salesman" or By Somashekar V . but good examples are: y Challenge y Achievement y Recognition How would you know you were successful on this job? Several ways are good measures: Ø You Set high standards for yourself and meet them.
and holder of high standards. because it says you will manage according to the situation. Then." If you go that route. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? First. Emphasize benefits to the organization. By Somashekar V . Questions involving areas where you will be an asset to the organization are good. Pick something from the relevant past. Describe your work ethic."Consensus". then explain why that decision "stuck with you" and. Things like. "Well. a sense of humor. they are no longer blind spots." Do you have any blind spots? Trick question. "determination to get the job done" and "work hard but enjoy your work" are good. make it clear why you perceive this was a bad decision. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. for the candidate. point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner. Do you have any questions for me? Always have some questions prepared. is to turn this into a "lesson learned" answer. All bosses think they have these traits. The real point here. Describe a bad decision you made. Do not put your mistake so far back in the past that you are obviously picking something that is "harmless" but if you feel the need to do this. Do not hand it to them. We all make mistakes and a hallmark of honesty is admitting that and a hallmark of self-awareness is being able to recognize when we made those mistakes. safe qualities are knowledgeable. if you know about blind spots. loyal to subordinates. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. you might say something like. and then talk about what you learned from that. I have more current answers but I have one from my past that really stuck with me. "How soon will I be able to be productive?" and "What type of projects will I be able to assist on?" are examples. how it is has guided your actions in other areas so as to not make that kind of bad decision again. State your bad decision. if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about. The "situational" style is safe. instead of "one size fits all. bring that up. The major pitfall that interviewee's often exhibit with this question is that they make the "bad decision" something they did when they were ten years old. The idea here is not to avoid the question. more importantly. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. What qualities do you look for in a boss? Be generic and positive. fair.
identify your skill set. 5. Each one of us has our fortes and weaknesses too. 6. being calm in a job interview is a difficult By Somashekar V . Therefore. True. I am proud of my involvement with««I made my contribution as part of that team and learnt a lot in the process".the right answer is not the only thing being looked at.Analyze The interview is not just limited to testing your knowledge base. remember to put your thinking caps on! 4. Rack Your Brain . So. stay alert for clues. But that's not a stumbling block! What we look for are people who know their area of specialization and are an expert in it. What are your biggest accomplishments You may like to begin your reply with: "Although I feel my biggest achievements are still ahead of me. but to bring forth the best in. and keep your resumes simple and straight. 2. Things might just click. 3. Who better to ask for help than the poser of the question (of course. don't try this too often!)! Remember the interviewer is not there to grill the confidence out of you. Now keep in mind . So. Be Calm. Just in case you are stuck. Know your limits and polish on your strengths. Answer this wisely! Never end up choosing a difficult subject that you know only little about. Many interviewers may ask the student the subjects that she/he wishes to be interviewed upon. rather choose the one you are most confident of.Campus interview process 1. Also. approach to problem solving is equally important. Know Thyself! Not everyone is good in each and every field. The focus area is also the way in which you attack the problem i. ask for a hint. have Clear Verbal and Sound Non-Verbal Communication Calmness shows emotional maturity. Testing What You Know and NOT What You Don't. Often questions that need to be solved then and there are asked. it might just slip your mind. It will be a good idea to close your answer with also specifying what attributes and circumstances made you succeed. After all. but we are also interested in knowing your ability to apply it. Remember that huge and bulky resumes are as tough to read as they are to make.e. The most common mistakes many make is to profess knowing a field of which they know little about. it pays to be a master in some fields if not the jack of all. Eureka !! Here's a golden opportunity. Ask for Help! Murphy chooses to strike at the appropriate time! Inspite of the fact that you may know something very well. heavy preparation does takes its toll.
Body language and facial expressions can assist you in establishing a good rapport with the interviewer. 7. The company is in need for good candidates and you need a good company to launch your career. A person has to start preparing for a job interview as soon as his formal education is over.NET Interview Tips OOPS Interview Tips Interview Questions Interview DOs & DON'Ts Interview Basics Java Interview Tips Testing Interview Tips Interview Technique Dressing Right Precautions to Take Oracle Interview Tips Mainframe Interview Tips The job interview gives the potential employee and potential employer a chance to learn more about each other. you should be able to overcome the many hurdles an interviewer can place in your By Somashekar V . or would like to emphasize. but then that is where it is required! Calmness does not imply being unenthusiastic or apathetic during the interview.com to prepare right in advance.proposition. And YOU are the best one to do it!! First knowing before going to interview You may want this. Pauses. but if you use our website www. its activities. Many of the interviewees may be highly qualified but it is usually the best interviewee than the best candidate who gets the job. A clear verbal communication implies clarity of the thought process. Interview is an opportunity to present yourself and your skills to your best advantage. but knowing that you are nervous and not letting it come in the way. General Tips & Tricks Resume Preparation Questions to Ask ASP.PrepareInterview. Make sure you make the most out of it. Make sure you also understand about the company. Two-Way Exchange Process The interview process is a two-way exchange of information. Try Once. Preparing well for an interview is the key to success. job requirements. The hard fact is that the demand for jobs is greater than its supply and the job market is extremely competitive. Interviews can be painful. understand. silences and gestures may all indicate what you mean. One should also watch out for the impressions made in non-verbal communication.
Tell me what you know about (our/this) company? 16. Describe our (products/services). Our interview tips and stuff have been tried and tested. 4. 5. Anticipate likely questions. Tell me how you found out information about (our/this) company? 15. experience. Are your work practices similar or different from ours? (If Experienced) 2. Study the job announcement properly. How do you think our company determines success? 13. Do you know how long we have been in business? 10. Do our competitors do things that we should be doing? 7. 4. Promote your best "selling points" (relevant qualifications. Do you have any concerns about working here? 8. Practice. 3. What about your present employer (do/did) you like best? 19. capabilities.way. What advantages do you think we have over our competitors? 21. 6. 3. Prepare answers to those questions that are relevant to the position and the company.) by working them into your answers. Describe our company for me. 5. Key Points: 1. Research the company thoroughly. Do you have any questions about (our/this) company? 9. Practice HR questions 1. What are the greatest challenges that this company faces? By Somashekar V . Do you know what products we make? 11. etc. personality traits. How could you have prevented your (judgmental) errors? 12. Practice. Describe your work (methods/processes) in comparison to ours? (If Experienced) 6. Describe our corporate environment for me. What advantages do you think our competitors have over us? 20. Please bookmark our site as we frequently add new content. How does you present employer communicate with others in your deprtment? (If experienced) 14. What about our company do you like best? 18. 2. Was there anything your company could have done to be more successful? 17.
What do you think it takes to be successful in our company? 39. Maintain good eye contact during the interview. know how long it takes to get there.. What do you know about this position? 35. What do you know about our customers? 29. Mr. What do you know about our stock? 32. Offer a firm handshake. What is the financial stability of your last company? 41. What do you know about (our/this) company? 26. 10 minutes prior to the interview start time. Even when your interviewer gives you a first and last name. What do you know about the way our company (works/operates)? 34. Dr. What do you know about our web site? 33. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours? 38. What do you know about our competitors? 28. Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. address your interviewer by title (Ms. etc. until invited to do otherwise. What concerns do you have about this company? 23.22. What do you know about our products or services? 31. By Somashekar V . Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation. Arrive early. What do you know about our products? 30. find a rest room to freshen up.) and last name. What do you think are the greatest challenges facing this company in the near future? 37.. What is the (best/worst) thing you have heard about (our/this) department Interview Dos y y y y y y y y Dress appropriately for the industry. make eye contact. What do you dislike about our company? 25. What direction do you think this company is headed in? 24. What would make someone successful in our business? 43. What do you think are the challenges facing this company? 36. What do you know about (our/this) operation? 27. What is the (best/worst) thing you have heard about (our/this) company? 44. err on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable. Know the exact time and location of your interview. What questions do you have about our organization? 42. and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions. park. What do you think the atmosphere here is like? 40.
If you get hired by acting like someone other than yourself. Be thorough in your responses. Don't make the interviewer guess what type of work you are interested in. avoid fidgeting and slouching. Exhibit a positive attitude. The interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker. Know what action you are expected to take next. This is an insult to the interviewer and to the organization. if any. Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly. Don't make negative comments about previous employers or professors (or others). Be honest and be yourself. Having done your research about the employer in advance. Don't give the impression that you are only interested in an organization because of its geographic location. You want a good match between yourself and your employer.y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Sit still in your seat. discuss this with a Career Services advisor or the director. Don't treat the interview casually. Depart gracefully. know when and from whom you should expect to hear next. Treat the interview seriously and as though you are truly interested in the employer and the opportunity presented. as if you are just shopping around or doing the interview for practice. Behave like someone you would want to work with. An interview is a two-way street. ask questions which you did not find answered in your research. Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible. If you believe you were treated inappropriately or asked questions that were inappropriate or made you uncomfortable. don't ask about salary and benefits issues until the subject is brought up by your interviewer. Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question. Don't falsify application materials or answers to interview questions. By Somashekar V . Do expect to be treated appropriately. Dishonesty gets discovered and is grounds for withdrawing job offers and for firing. it is not the interviewer's job to act as a career advisor to you. Don't give the impression you are only interested in salary. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions. Evaluate the interviewer and the organization s/he represents. while thinking critically about the way you are treated and the values and priorities of the organization. Make sure you understand the employer's next step in the hiring process. After the interview. Conduct yourself cordially and respectfully. Don't act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment. make notes right away so you don't forget critical details. Have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer. you and your employer will both be unhappy. When the interviewer concludes the interview. Interview DON'Ts y y y y y y y y Don't make excuses. offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. while being concise in your wording.
It's often best to be the one who calls back so you can be mentally prepared." unless told otherwise.) Here are the keys to successful phone interviewing. * Do consider using a phone interview log. do suggest a specific alternate time to the recruiter. * Do consider keeping some notecards or an outline in front of you to remind yourself of key points you want to cover with the interviewer. Don't assume that a female interviewer is "Mrs. Don't chew gum or smell like smoke. If you are not grown up and independent enough to attend an interview alone. A job search can be hard work and involve frustrations. fiance. (If it does. don't have a disproportionately silly or long greeting on your answering machine or voicemail. and don't sit rigidly on the edge of your chair. if possible. * Do ensure that household members understand the importance of phone messages in your job search. Have a friend call you to do a mock phone interview so you get the feel of being interviewed over the phone. but being unprepared looks foolish. and concentrate. * When being interviewed by phone. apologize quickly and ignore it. You may not be asked all of them in every interview.) Don't take a cell phone call. (They can certainly visit your new city. don't exhibit frustrations or a negative attitude in an interview. don't slouch. * When in job-hunting mode. you're insufficiently grown up and independent for a job. at their own expense." Address her as "Ms. do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes. Don't allow your cell phone to sound during the interview. but cannot attend your interview. Don't take your parents. * If you cannot devote enough time to a phone interview. You don't want your responses to sound scripted." or "Miss. your pet (an assistance animal is not a pet in this circumstance). * Do give accurate and detailed contact information in your cover letter so your interviewers can easily connect with you. friends or enemies to an interview. take notes. * Do practice. By Somashekar V . Don't go to extremes with your posture. * Do know what job you are interviewing for. Her marital status is irrelevant to the purpose of the interview.y y y y y y y Don't be unprepared for typical interview questions. Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting. spouse.
It may sound silly since the interviewer can't see you. and you know what they say about first impressions.´ * Don't chew gum or food. If you can't avoid these behaviors. but you really will project a more professional image if you're dressed for the part instead of wearing. Here are some tips to give you a headstart. * Don't snuffle. * Do create a strong finish to your phone interview with thoughtful questions. say ³excuse me. for example. * Don't feel you have to fill in the silences. Some experts say you'll sound more professional than if you're slouching in an easy chair. J. Instead. "Although proper dressing by itself will not get you the job. sneeze or cough. If you've completed a response.but you don't want to fumble for important points either. By Somashekar V ." The right dressing is a measure of the seriousness that you place on the position. Besides. ask a question of your own related to your last response. as a person normally spends time on his looks if he considers an event important enough. don't start babbling just to fill in airtime.M. Do also have your resume in front of you so you can remember highlights of your experience and accomplishments. but the interviewer hasn't asked his or her next question. The first impression your interviewer makes about you is based on the way you look. for example. given two equally good applicants. Wanes and Associates career strategy advisor. "The way a person dresses is the single biggest non-verbal communication you make about yourself. a poor dress sense may exclude you from further consideration. but also on how well you project yourself physically. * Don't panic if you have special needs. If you are hearing-impaired. phone interviews are still possible. Interview dressing right If you have not peeked into your wardrobe yet. * Do consider dressing nicely for the phone interview.com. managing partner of Filgifts." warns Gerry Ditching. According to Joe Hodowanes. a ratty bathrobe. Your application's fate depends not just on how well you answer the interview questions. or drink anything noisy. * Do ensure that you can hear and are being clearly heard. * Do consider standing when being interviewed on the phone. it's time to take a real hard look now. the company may choose to hire the person who is dressed more professionally.
WOMEN Three-piece business suits. Other suitable colors are brown. Wearing a short-sleeved shirt will destroy your executive image. Optional. Hair. Solids. choose a conservative pattern. diagonal stripes. Sleeveless shirts should be rejected. Definitely no pierced body parts. and other pastels. blue. Never wear a short-sleeved shirt to an interview or any business purpose. Also acceptable: pale shades such as beige. By Somashekar V . Black or burgundy leather shoes with laces on them. too--no skin should show when you sit down or cross your legs. Also. The watch and wedding ring are the only acceptable pieces of jewellery to go with the male attire. small polka dots. And shave off all those facial hair. Skirts can either be long provided it does not create a Cinderella or barn-dance look or short where it falls no shorter than two inches from the knee. cordovan and navy. please! Panty-hose or stockings. avoid political or religious insignias. small repeating shapes. Never wear white socks! Check your sock length. Tuck in the shirt and do not roll up the sleeves. Thin gold or leather-strapped watches look professional but not digital watches. Those with smaller buckles with squared lines look more professional. short and preferably parted on the side. and cardigan twin-sets. The colour is also appropriate for our tropical weather. but nothing with overly fussy patterns.MEN Long-sleeved shirt and dark slacks. Keep neat. Use narrow briefcases and avoid plastic folders and plastic ball pens as they are out of place. Belts should match your shoes. and cover up your tattoos! Accessories. Jewellery. necklaces or bracelets. just in case the ones you are wearing run. As much as possible. Wear no or little jewellery. Ties. depending on your attire. Bring an extra pair. blouse and skirt or slacks. Shoes. But if you do wear one. Socks. subtle plaids and paisleys are all acceptable. Short-sleeved blouses are okay when they are tailor-cut or have features such as a sports collar or double breast design to create a business-like look. Nothing too revealing. use leather briefcases or folders to hold copies of your resume. White is still the safest and the best color for shirts. Black socks are the best. Belts. A must for professional grooming. followed by blue or gray. because tassel loafers are very casual.
Dark colors are best. formulate your thoughts. Be sure you can elaborate on any points you want to highlight y Have extra copies of your resume ready y Compile a list of referees with up to date contact information y Be well groomed . Folders and bags should blend well with the total professional look. and those that clank and make noise when one moves. y Try on what you'll be wearing the day of the interview y Review your resume. Make-up. Job interview checklist Before going to the Interview y Research and take notes about the prospected employers website y Make sure you have directions and know where you will park y Think of three criteria about yourself that make you a good candidate for this job. Avoid large hair ornaments and trendy hairstyles.Pressed and clean clothes y Study and anticipate interview questions y Practice a mock interview with a friend or interview coach During the Interview y Plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early y Right before the interview.Shoes. silver or pearls are best. That is why you are there. Accessories. Light shades of lip coloring and nail polish are recommended. natural is the key word. Be subtle. Be conservative. y Decide what goals you want to accomplish y Prepare a list of questions to ask y Be ready to discuss the skills or experiences that qualify you for the job. Jewellery. Studs of gold. Do away with gaudy fashion jewelers. Closed shoes or pumps with at least 1½-inch heels suggest a more professional look. By Somashekar V . Don't let it fall in front of your face and don't keep trying to fix it during the interview. Hair longer than shoulder length should be worn up or pulled back. then speak. y Listen. Hair. visit the bathroom and check your appearance y Introduce yourself and explain why you are there y Try and get business cards from anyone participating in the interview (make sure you get contact information). Women should match their purse with their shoe colour.
What do you know about this company/organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. What are the current issues and who are the major players? What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year? Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. co-workers or the organization. Do not waffle. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention. If you have doubts or are tentitive about this answer. Answer this question with confidence.y y y y y Ask your prepared question Ask question about what you learned during the interview Summarize action items that you will follow up on Thank the interviewer for their time Ask for the job After completing the Interview y Send a thank you letter Job interview questions Why should you be hired for this job? Point out how your talents and how they meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other job candidates and try to make a comparison. Try to tie a few things to your career path and how it is a good fit. your interviewer might also have doubts. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity. Why did you leave (or want to leave) your last job? Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Do you have any weaknesses? By Somashekar V . Find out where they have been and where they are going. a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. you will be the one looking bad. You show already know why you should be hired. If you do.
well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. If you know about weakness. because it says you will manage according to the situation. The situational style is safe. Your ability to work under pressure. instead of one size fits all. At the same time. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. Your professional expertise. they are no longer blind spots. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation. Your positive attitude. Be sure to have examples ready. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. What is your greatest strength? Numerous answers are good. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Your problem-solving skills. Be totally honest. just stay positive. Make it small. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize. Describe your management style. but good examples are: By Somashekar V . Do not hand it to them. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off. Try to avoid labels. What have you learned from mistakes on the job? Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. salesman or consensus. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief. This is a key point. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. Some of the more common labels. Your ability to focus on projects. you will protect the organization. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends? This is up to you. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. Your leadership skills. just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. Would you be willing to relocate if required? You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. of course. Are you a team player? You are. a team player. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that? This is serious. like progressive.Trick question. you will do it when it is the right thing to do. Do not brag.
Do you think you are overqualified for this position? Regardless of your qualifications. determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good. loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. Instead. If you say another job is it. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled. If you say the job you are contending for is it. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience? First. Stay away from a specific job. fair. state that you are very well qualified for the position. Achievement. Hard work. if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about. Team player. Positive attitude. will tell you. What kind of salary are you asking for? A common loaded question. By Somashekar V . do not answer it. If not. Leadership. bring that up: Then. you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. That¶s a tough question. Initiative. Then give a wide range.Challenge. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases. Recognition What would your previous manager say your strongest point is? There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty. You cannot win. say that it can depend on the details of the job. taken off guard. but good examples are: Challenge. Recognition What motivates you to do your best on the job? This is a personal trait that only you can say. A tricky little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner. say something like. Describe your work ethic. What qualities do you look for in a Manager? Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable. the interviewer. a sense of humor. Energy. So. Patience. Achievement. you strain credibility. Creativity. can contribute and can¶t wait to get to work. Emphasize benefits to the company and the hiring manager. Problem solver. Pick a specific incident. like the people. Things like. All bosses think they have these traits. Expertise. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between coworkers.
"to be covered during interview. 3. Carry a copy of the biodata that you have already sent. all serve to give the interviewer an idea about you." This isn't being evasive. If the form asks you to provide current salary.PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE-UP BEFORE YOU ENTER THE INTERVIEW ROOM For your first few interviews your background is important . even if it's postponed to a second interview. because without knowing details about benefits. 4. Research your profession's salary range. but keep this letter with you. They opened my eyes to the truth in this statement: You can negotiate anything. This gives you. just in case. I was surprised when one told me 39%. but having a specific objective can help you get close.your school. a time and date record of your interview. your local chamber of commerce and trade publications. When the second said his new salary was 46% higher. I asked two neighbors who had made recent job changes what percentage pay increase they received. Select a target salary or total pay.S. Don't initiate salary discussions.do not have loose papers cascading to the floor because you are desperately hunting for the degree certificate. When asked for your salary requirements. competitors. while the interviewers drum their fingers impatiently. My neighbors did me a great favor. and may give you the name and designation of the person you are to report to. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. You may not get the amount you want. how could you select a By Somashekar V . And don't carry your papers in a plastic or cloth shopping bag either: invest in a good folder. Wait for the interviewer to bring the subject up. the medium and the place you studied in. write. the U. Salary negotiation ask tips While exploring new career options. I realized that increases in job changing weren't limited to the 5% to 10% usually given for internal promotions and cost-of-living raises. say that they're "negotiable. and the interview letter. the Internet. plastic or even leather. Keep the extra copy with you. for your future reference." Do the same on applications by writing "negotiable" in any box asking about salary details. 2. Carry everything you need for the interview in a neat folder . Show the interview letter to the receptionist/interviewer to establish your credentials. Here are my 10 commandments for negotiating a new salary. 1. gives the official address of the company for further correspondence and clarifications. Check with recruiters in your field (even if you don't pursue their leads).
7. you need to get a good voice. When asked for your salary requirements. and if it's higher. tuition reimbursement. Secondly. They'll provide you with an invaluable second opinion and may look at the offer more objectively. Then. First. you're talking about the benefits you'll bring. Always assume a firm's first offer is negotiable and never accept an offer at the interview. you'll increase your chances of receiving a pay increase well into the double-digits. not merely your experience. or with an insurance. stock options. Pa Voice actors are just like actors Voice actors are just like actors. you get some experience using your voice By Somashekar V . 8.Reference: Mr. which you may have had no control over. not your past salary. 9. Consider the cost of living if you're moving to a new area. relocation payments. 10. they belong to an actor's guild and have to audition by sending in voice reels. a career consulting firm based in Willow Grove. bonuses and outplacement upon termination. Comparisons to your current salary are irrelevant and should be avoided. suggest that you be paid a differential. Keller is a consultant with CareerPro. Analyze all benefit packages with a family member or friend. excuse yourself politely and leave. Express your strong interest. use examples of your accomplishments that prove your value. They have managers. Tell your interviewer when you'll contact him or her with your decision. In discussing why you deserve a substantial increase. Discuss benefits separately from salary. And just like actors. -. By following these commandments. (Would you want to work for a firm that won't respond to this legitimate request?) 6. reply by asking the interviewer to share the position's salary range. but state you always discuss decisions of this magnitude with advisers whose judgment you have relied upon for years. and have done a string of low-paying crappy acting jobs to build up experience in order to build a better resume and voice reel. Your list of benefits can include insurance. many voice actors have gone to acting schools. Then. investment or bank professional. you need to learn how to act.salary figure? 5. If your request isn't granted. you learn how to use your voice and act at the same time.
be funny. You need to be able to pick up a newspaper and read it aloud. Make a demo tape and send it to agents asking to be represented as a voice actor. Once you have done a few things put together a demo tape and send it to agents in LA and New York. whether they are for television or radio. and still don't develop the ability. have some aspect of comedy or comedic acting in them. everyone and anyone that would be looking for VO talent. you need to be able to pick up a medical journal and read it aloud. you need to be able to do more than just read it. Let's face it. Tandem spots (Tandem is more than one VO in the spot.. The San Francisco Library has a couple of books on the subject of voice over acting which discuss preparation and marketing tips. Take a radio class at your local junior college if they have a radio station and try to get on the air there as well. Tell them that you want to be on the air eventually and volunteer to do everything. A coach will generally know if you have what it takes to advance in either career. Some of the other talents that certainly help are the ability to act. Many of the commercials that are recorded today. Here's the kicker. and a voice over coach for learning voiceovers. you'd want to have an agent at a good voiceover agency.Now to get started. a spot is a commercial) generally demand that the actors. marketing firms. Some of them learn how. This is one part of the talent many VO's spend countless hours training to learn how to do. Get in touch with a local radio station you like and get an intern position. but you need to be funny. or Voice Actors. Therein lies one of the needed talents. 2) Put together a reel 3) Get an agent . Your time is best spent getting professional training from a qualified acting coach for acting. Your basic reading skills are a must. dissect it to find it's true message. 1) Study acting. but you need to be able to read several different types manuscript (or Copy. as it's known in the business). You need to develop the ability to grab a piece of paper (that is sometimes handed to you minutes before you go into the studio). By Somashekar V . and some of them don't. and be funny.and acting at the same time. You need to be able to speak the words on the paper as if they were your own. you need to be able to pick up anything and be able to read it aloud. and read it aloud as if the words were flowing from you.. If you practice and practice and practice. then you might not have the talent. A lot of people might think they are funny.. 4) Practice Practice Practice IE Radio Stations.
just find a way to turn it on and off. They come in different forms. When you are facing a panel of interviewers. and quite a bit tougher to break into. Having a demo reel and a site where people can sample your work on-line was also a huge plus. Though be warned. There are training programs that will range from a few hundred dollars for a basic introduction to a 1500 dollar 20 week program. What you need.The third and probably most important is a good voice. You could be facing your prospective team members. Talent is being able to turn it on or off.com The other thing to keep in mind is that once you have your training and you think you're "demo ready" you'll have to book studio time to record. are the abilities mentioned above and a sharp. it's time to start working on getting rid of that accent. Remember you might be interviewed by different panels. the operations chief. They'll be comparing notes. etc) booked work a lot faster than others. Couple of things I noticed when they were starting out was that. announcer. Don't give a stock answer to all of them. There are a number of classes and books that can give you tons of information on training and things to take into consideration if this is the path you want to follow. make your best moves. looking for career avenues or climbing the corporate ladder. the section head. Don't loose it. concise. If that's one of your voice characteristics. There is no real way to put a price on this because there is no way to tell how long your sessions would take. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to have some sort of dynamic. A very regional voice (as in having an accent) can hurt a lot more than it helps. team-player skills and so on). Or you could also be sent to a recruitment assessment centre for multiparametric evaluation (psychological tests for pressure-handling abilities. scary. or low voice to get into the business. By Somashekar V . or how much you want to record. A very heavy accent or inner city affect will most likely not get you very many calls. I have several friends that do almost nothing but voices for video games and they are getting booked all the time. Or you could be up against the top brass-HR vice-president. "listenable". A decent site to visit to see what you're up against is voices. articulate. Also if you can get in with a manager or an agent that deals with voice over work. Whether you are searching for jobs. the ones who could do multiple voices (Comic. speaking ability. the field of VO acting is almost MORE competitive than "standard" acting. The problem is that such interviews don't have a pattern to them. and in some way unique. they can be a huge help as most VO jobs don't get posted to breakdowns the way acting jobs do. over-the-top high. By good we mean clear. Not true. you can't escape team interviews these days. It's totally possible to make a fairly decent living (even by LA standards) by doing nothing but voice over work.
allowing you little breathers. That will serve as a useful practice session. they won't like what they see. y Ask for serious feedback. so what your mock team asks you is bound to be pretty close to the real stuff. an HR team would rather hear about your interpersonal skills. REHEARSE WELL y Put together three family members or friends with diverse personality traits. the interviewer might be taking notes. SHOWCASE THE IMPORTANT THINGS y List seven important things that fit the job description of the advertised post.Repackage your skills so that they sound different.A technical team will tune in to techie talk. y It helps to talk to friends familiar with the job description. See yourself By Somashekar V . y In one-on-ones. You can even ask them to prepare tests that you can take from them. Usually the best way to make contact is to project values that you feel you can share with your interviewers. They are looking for excuses to hire you. You might even use the extra adrenaline to sharpen your responses. CREATE A MENTAL PICTURE OF YOURSELF Boost your self-confidence by seeing yourself as star performer who's a cut above. y Recreate the formality of a team interview situation and ask them to fire nonstop questions at you. not spill your guts. They are NOT sadists. Use stress control techniques to soothe your nerves. y If you face your interviewers with fear in your eyes. talk about project B before another interview panel. Questions about qualifications and work experience are usually generic. If you're showcasing project X as your major achievement in your present job before one team. Prepare to present skills that fit such traits. y Don't be obsequious. Then try and connect with each one of them without getting personal. That conveys low self-esteem. PREPARE FOR STRESS y You'll be up against a time crunch in a team interview. No such luck with four people firing questions at you. Interviewers are people after all. especially about weak areas in your answers. DON'T QUAKE IN YOUR BOOTS y Interviewers are not ogres. FINE-TUNE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS Pull out the stops on your group management and group presentation skills. Look for the personality type underscoring each interviewer.
suggesting team-player attributes? y Are there traces of humour in your responses? ASK GOOD QUESTIONS y Research is integral to a good interview performance. and how long it will take you to get there. try this: "Did the company consider this option . Then respond to fill in what the team is really looking for.see where the office/interview centre is. The reverse is also true: a good impression is created if you take the trouble to inform the interviewer that you can/will not attend the interview. landmarks/bus routes/other information to help you reach the venue of the interview. they want you to present your expectation from a stock option plan. put together news clips. Again. Find out as much about you can about the company concerned." LOOK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS y Your interview team has some core queries about you. don't go overboard about team-player abilities.answering with elan the questions you expect. Try and look beyond the upfront questions to decipher their exact intent. If you are in the same town go and "case the joint" .that gives you time to catch By Somashekar V . Balance your answer. Browse the Net. If they ask you about your perception of the company's ESOP policy. y Answer in sync with the general tenor of the interview. many employers will re-schedule if you ask them nicely enough. If your work involves individual research besides team work. y Armed with your background brief. Then replay your answers and ask yourself these questions: y How interesting were your observations? y Did most of your responses begin the same way? y Did you use 'we' often. ask relevant questions about the company. where lots of people are being interviewed on the same day. It's these they want you to address. Mention how sometimes individual work is more productive though team work is needed to put into action ideas generated by individual research.. and you do have a genuine difficulty about reaching on the scheduled day/time. if it is not a "mass" interview. don't feel shy or hesitant about calling up the office and getting details about location. Incidentally. Always arrive at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled time . check company reports. y If you think you have a bright idea about any ongoing activity.. y Flesh out your answers to focus on the team's concerns.
See how comfortable you feel. allows you to compose yourself and not be too nervous. By Somashekar V . If the interview is in the offices of the company itself. and to check out the competition. how efficient the interview process is. Says a lot about what the rest of the company is. this also allows you to get a "feel" of the company.your breath in case you climbed the stairs too fast.
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