Job Interview Techniques

Your first communication with a potential employer is extremely important. Whether that communication is in writing, on the phone, or in person you are conveying messages about the type of person you are.

First Impressions Count

The interviewer is making snap judgements, rightly or wrongly, about whether you will be a good fit for the company. We discuss here some of the tips and techniques you can use to help create that first great impression.

Types of Interview

Phone Interview

Today, many companies conduct phone interviews to help determine the best qualified candidates to move forward in the interview process. Your goal from a phone interview is to get a face to face meeting.

Prepare for the interview, list strengths and weaknesses, practice typical interview questions, learn about the company.

Have your resume in front of you to refer to when asked about your work experience.

Have pen and paper handy to take down any notes.

Choose your location wisely, turn off any background noise, make sure there are no interruptions. No kids and no pets!

Make the call from a land line and use a high quality phone.

Smiling during the interview will help you project a positive tone in your voice.

Send a thank you note after the phone interview to confirm your interest in the position.

Skype Interview

As a result of recent technological advances companies may wish to conduct an interview using Skype. How do you make a great impression from a distance.

In Person Interview

When going on a job interview you need to understand that this is going to be the first visual impression your potential employer will get of you.

It is important that you dress properly for the interview and this means always wear business attire even if the job you are applying for is a casual one, you still want to make a good impression with this employer.

The next thing you need to make sure is that you are early for the appointment. Print a map of the location ahead of time and plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes early. You can always sit in your car until just before your appointment time. Getting lost and arriving late for your interview will not be an acceptable excuse. If you are unfamiliar with the area, take the time the day before your interview to scout out the location of the company. If you are late for your job interview you can almost guarantee that you will not get the job.

Body Language in Interviews

Prepare for the Interview

It is always a good idea to be prepared when going for a job interview. Do your homework beforehand. Go to your local library or research on the internet to bring yourself up to date on the company and industry you are seeing. At the very least you should familiarize yourself with the company's website. Find out something about the company's history, products and services, size, locations, expansion plans and charitable works. You want to have some knowledge about the company and the job you are applying for because this will show that you are interested in working for the company and will help you stand out amongst the competition.

Practise Interview Questions

Before you arrive you want to have in your mind an idea of how to answer tough interview questions. A tough question can be one that you find difficult to answer such as, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" You want to know what to say without sounding rehearsed, so make sure you think ahead of time about the answer you want to give.

Typical Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. What interests you most about this position?
  5. What type of people do you work best with and why?
  6. How do you handle conflict on the job?
  7. Why did you leave your last position?
  8. What do you know about our company?
  9. What salary do you have in mind?
  10. Why should we hire you?

Interview Attire

Remember that having a great job interview starts with the way you're dressed. You need to make a good first impression so that your employer will keep you on the short list. Make sure that you are always on time for your first interview because if you are late it is almost guaranteed that you will not get the job.

Sending a Thank You Letter

It is important to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. This is best done by sending a letter within 24 hours. This is not only courteous but also shows intitiative and follow through. It also gives you the opportunity to reinforce your suitability for the job by repeating your strengths as they relate to the job.