A1 Interviewing & Resume Tips
PREPARING FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW
resume short, simple and "sizzling."
a "thank you" note after an interview.
out company applications completely.
Never say "see resume."
by role-playing questions you think might be asked on an interview.
You can NEVER be too prepared.
interviews are just as important as the first.
If you are
just starting your career or haven't had much experience, tell the
employer, "I am like a sponge. I
soak up information quickly. Moreover,
I haven't already developed bad work habits."
friends or family on an interview with you.
even if the interviewer asks you if you would like a cigarette.
gum or suck on a breath mint during an interview.
You may think it's not noticeable, but it is.
If the interviewer is not asking questions, it might be that he or
she doesn't know what to ask. Remember
to only offer information about yourself that pertains to the position you
are interviewing for.
Never leave the company without some sort of additional
information. You can ask,
"When will a decision be made?"
"When can I expect to hear from you?"
"Will I be informed of the decision either way?" or
"How many other people are interviewing for this position?"
You can even ask, "What do you think my chances are?"
Remember, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by asking
the right kind of questions and showing interest.
Dress For Success Tips
Keep in mind
that what you wear is as important as what you say.
Women look best in a Salower Kamiz , Saree and conservative blouse (nothing low cut
or see through). Wear a moderate
amount of makeup.
wear a suit, long-sleeved pressed shirt, a clean tie that hangs to the
belt, and shined shoes.
ideal for both men and women, because you can always take off the jacket
if you are overdressed at a particular company.
It is better to overdress rather than to dress inappropriately.
Ideally, you should investigate proper attire at the company before
the interview by dropping by or asking someone who works there, but that
isn't always possible.
perfectly fine to wear the same outfit to every interview, provided that
it is a conservative, well-planned outfit.
Role Play During the Interview
get tongue-tied on this question. They
don't know where to start. Should
they discuss their personal life? Should
they give dates? Use
"stick to business" as your rule of thumb and make sure you
emphasize anything pertinent to the particular job you are interviewing
of an appropriate answer might go something like this:
dependable and a quick learner. I
have two years' experience as an analyst.
I'm looking for a company that will give me an opportunity to use
my skills while helping the company achieve its goals."
Where do you
see yourself one year from now? What
are your career goals?
will respond with an honest answer such as, "I want to grow and
advance with the company. I'm
ambitious and eventually want to be in management, moving up the corporate
OK, until you put yourself in the employer's position.
He/she is thinking, "This person wants to advance too
quickly" or, "This person wants my job."
Or perhaps, "This person is not willing to do the job for
which we are interviewing for as long as we need them in that
position." Employ this
rule of thumb: Be honest, but
a year with the company, I'll probably be looking for additional
responsibility because I'm a person who enjoys a challenge.
I would like to be paid accordingly for that responsibility but,
most important, I'm looking for a company I can be with for years to
What kind of salary are you looking for?
This is the
most dreaded question of all and yet one of the most important.
There are two good responses:
"I have been interviewing for positions ranging between $x and
$z. However, finding the
right company is really most important to me, because I plan to be with
that company a long time."
"I'm currently at $x, so I'd like to at least make a lateral
move. Finding the right
company for my future, however, is what is most important to me."
these responses give a figure, but they also show some flexibility so you
don't lose out on an opportunity. Your
goal is to get the offer. You
can always accept or reject it, but without an offer, you won't even have
a decision to make.
you consider less?
tactic here is to respond with a question.
are your salary reviews?" Or:
figure did you have in mind?" Or:
depends on your benefit package. Could
you explain that to me?"
asking a question gets you out of the "hot seat" and back in
What did you like most about your last job?
should fit the job for which you are applying.
In other words, you shouldn't say, "A Fortune 500
atmosphere" if interviewing with a small company.
Or "interaction with co-workers" if the job requires
Why did you leave?
but if it's too negative, such as a personality conflict, think of another
way to say it. For example:
"I felt I had stagnated professionally and, after discussing
the situation with my boss, we both felt I would have more opportunity
with another company. It was
a mutual parting."
If you quit
or were terminated and there was new management, you could also mention
that there was a lot of turnover at that time.