4/23/2004

Job Search Tips! #2

The Interview: General Hints



Do
Listen carefully. If you feel the question is unclear, ask politely for clarification.
Don’t
Bring your Mum in her best dress, and wearing a sticker on her chest that reads ‘Interpreter’.

Do
Pause before answering to consider all facts that may substantiate your response.
Don’t
Finally answer, “Pass.”

Do
Focus and re-focus attention on your successes.
Don’t
Focus and re-focus attention on your crotch.

Do
Maintain eye-contact.
Don’t
Forget to blink occasionally. Once or twice every ten minutes should suffice.

Do
your homework. Research the company and the position if possible, as well, the people you will meet with at the interview.
Don’t
Casually mention that you like the interviewer’s new car – but the colour he’s painting his four year-olds bedroom might be a bit dark.

Do
Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company.
Don’t
Encourage the interviewer to join the 21st Century and get a f**king clue.

Do
Get directly to the point.
But don’t
ask “So are you going to hire my *ss, or what?”

Do
know the question behind the question.
Don’t
ask suspiciously what the question behind the question is – and then cry when they don’t understand what you mean.

Do
Be careful not to bare your soul and tell tales that are inappropriate or beyond the scope of the interview.
Don't
Hang out your dirty laundry. Literally.

Do
Enter into a state of relaxed concentration.
Don’t
ask for a cushion and something to put behind your head.

Do
Follow up with an effective "thank you" letter.
Don’t
Follow up with an effective "thank you" letter b*mb.

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