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Inerview process

  1. Employers equally emphasize the need for Personal Chemistry plus Technical Ability. So be ready for both. You need to connect using your personality as well as demonstrate your technical knowledge.
  2. Jot down occasional notes.  If you did not answer a question as well as you would have liked, note it and come back to it later in the interview.  Note items of particular interest to your interviewer so you can highlight these in your thank you note.
  3. Look your best! Dress professionally. Only dress in "business casual" if the company specifically requests that you do.
  4. Bring value to the interview. Companies want to "buy the future" in the new people they hire. Ideas sell. So make the value of your industry experience stand out in a way that helps them buy the future in you.
  5. Listen well. Make eye contact. Allow the interviewers to express pride in their company and what they've accomplished.
  6. Line up with the interviewer’s style.  If technical terms and industry language are used by the interviewer, do the same..
  7. Help carry the conversation. Be ready with questions of your own:
    What's the most demanding aspect of this job?
    Tell me about your management style?
    What will your company look like five years from now?
    What does the ideal candidate for this job look like to you?
    What would the future career path look like for this kind of position?
    Who would I report to?
    When can I start?
  8. Avoid using “ah” or “um” in conversation.  Just pause instead.  You’ll sound smarter.
  9. Be ready for questions:
    What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
    Personal accomplishment?
    Describe how you solved a technical problem. Give specifics.
    Tell how you managed two coworkers that didn't get along?
    Why do you want to work for us?
    Describe your personality with strengths and weaknesses.
    What are your goals?
    What do you like to read? Books? Trade Journals?
  10. Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. "What did you dislike about your last job?" can be answered with a positive "I enjoyed many aspects of my last job but believe that working with you will provide a better career path, a better life for my family and I."
  11. Don’t interrupt.  Wait a couple seconds before giving a reply.
  12. Watch out for the money question. Remember that the goal is to get an offer. So, avoid throwing out a number that could be too high or too low. Be ready for "What do we need to pay you?" with "Based on my background and experience I know you'll make me a fair offer."
  13. Are you open to relocation? Then make it known. "Relocation is not a problem. I like this town, like the people, like the weather, like the sports teams, like that it is closer to my relatives..."
  14. Generally avoid negative words like can’t and don’t or couldn’t.  Yes, negative words are part of language and have their place.  Still, you want to give the impression as one who offers solutions rather that presents roadblocks.
  15. Have a list of references ready.
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