CDG, Step 5: Interview Preparation
Here are 10 basic interview facts to remember…
1. The interview is meant to be a conversation between the candidate and the company in order to discover whether there is a fit with the company’s needs as well as a fit with the candidate’s needs.
2. The interviewer can often make the decision about the candidate in the first three to five minutes of the interview.
3. An interview is in some ways unfair. Who can figure one out in five minutes or even two hours? At best, interviews are an imperfect way of accepting or rejecting an impression of the candidate and/or the company environment.
4. Most people don’t talk enough during an interview (due to nervousness or lack of interpersonal skills). Candidates should initiate discussion and let the interviewer know of their interest in the position to be filled.
5. During an interview, a candidate’s interpersonal skills are tested. Interpersonal skills are as important as a candidate’s background, experience and education.
6. The best interviewees do it fast by setting the tone of the interview in the first few minutes, then spending the rest of the time enhancing what’s been said.
7. The interviewer is more likely to remember the interviewee’s negatives then positives.
8. Confidence is sitting up straight, head high and eye contact with the interviewer. Body language can speak volumes louder then words
9. A “thank you” note, card or even an email after the initial interview can make the chances of being hired even higher. Such simple acts can add to the impression left during the beginning of the initial interview.
10. One may get a job without a resume, but definitely not without an interview.
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