The Basic Interviewing Tips are Still the Most Important

It is a fact; no one really loves the interview process, and that goes especially for the one being interviewed.  The process can sometimes become a nerve-wrecking experience.  When you are being interviewed, you always have to be at your best.  It is a do or die situation; and you only have one chance to make or break your opportunity to land this position.  There are also the long interview processes that start with a recruiter and have many different steps before you get to the final offer stage.  These are like taking a final exam over and over, hoping you will pass each time.  From my own experience with interviewing thousands of individuals, I recommend brushing up on the three most basic yet useful tips to help you successfully pass through all stages of the interviewing process:

1. Practice you telephone interview skills

A lot of candidates never take the time to practice their telephone skills.  Most of them take this interview so casually that it ends up costing them the job.  I have heard everything from children crying and dogs barking all the way to a toilet flushing.  I cannot recommend these candidates to my client for the next step because I don’t know they won’t do the same to in front of them.  It is imperative to always be as professional and courteous as possible.

2. Preparing for the face-to-face meeting

Most of you already know what is really expected of you during an interview.  Your dressing code should be impeccable; you should arrive on time and all the other stuff.  What I would really love to stress here is body language.  Learn to look at your prospective employers in the eye.  This will show you are trustworthy and confident.  Always smile and use other positive facial expression to win over the interview.  Also, let them lead the conversation.  Don’t go in and start talking without understanding what the format of the interview will be.  I can’t tell you how many candidates have talked themselves out of a job simply by taking over the interview and assuming they know what information they need to provide.

3. Always – always follow-up

Send out that rare thank you letter or email after the interview.  Reiterate your strengths and what you can bring to the client.  Let them know your interest level.  Be sincerely grateful to them for their time and consideration.  And finally, leave them with a question so they will need to follow back up with you one way or another.  So many candidates ignore this important step and it is always to their detriment.  The candidate that forgets to say thanks, will often be forgotten by the interviewer.
I always recommend these three steps to candidates interviewing for my client’s jobs.  Even those that don’t fit the current requirements are sometimes hired for another role, because of how well they interviewed and followed up.   There are of course many other aspects to consider when interviewing click here for more advanced tips.

What interview tips can you share that have worked for you?

by:  Anjela Mangrum, CPC

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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