Trying to get a J-O-B?

18 02 2009

In this economy, everyone must use every advantage possible to land a job. Arguably the most crucial step in the hiring process is the interview. Below are five tips you can use to help interview more professionally and get hired.

1. Know all about the company you are interviewing for
You must do your homework. Learn about the company and the position you are interviewing for. You will separate yourself from other interviewees if you are able to incorporate specific details about the position and company in your interview.

2. Make sure to be very clear about your strengths
Allow an employer to completely understand your qualifications. For example, if you have extensive experience in customer service, make it clear to the interviewer. Allow him or her to know, at times in detail, activities that you have partaken in that make your experiences relevant to the company that you are applying for.

3. Expose your weaknesses as strengths
When asked about your weaknesses, never say, “I do not have any.” Instead, think of weaknesses that you previously have had and explain that they have become strengths. For example, if you were once unorganized, explain how it negatively affected you in other education or employment ventures.

4. Engage the interviewer
Being an interviewee, you must earn the respect of an interviewer. To do this, you must do something to earn his or her respect. To do this, engage personally with the employer and have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview to truly show you are interested in the position.

5. Follow up on your interview
After you interview, do not forget to write either a handwritten note or email to the interviewer, thanking them for their time. Also, if you do not receive notice whether you have obtained the position, do not hesitate to contact the interviewer or company, whichever is appropriate, within a week.

Good luck with your interviews!