Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips

Interviewing Tips from Premier Financial Search

Aim to Impress

As we all know, first impressions are very important, especially on a job interview. If your first impression isn’t positive, it is unlikely you will have a second chance.

Naturally, the first thing someone sees is the “packaging.” Unless told otherwise, a business suit is always appropriate. Be sure no one article is overpowering: fragrance, jewelry or make-up; this applies to both men and women alike. Display certainty by presenting solid eye contact and a firm handshake.

Always be Prepared

Learn as much as you can about the company and the people you will be speaking with. Many companies’ annual reports are available at public libraries, which can prove a great reference tool. If working with a recruiter, they can offer insight in “what to expect” and “what is expected” from each person you will see.

Allow plenty of time for appointments. Don’t cut time close or look at your watch; many interviews are extended for various reasons.

Bring at least one copy of your resume for each person you’ll be meeting and any additional information you may need to complete a formal job application. If requested, make available the names and telephone numbers of prior supervisors, peers and/or subordinates for references.

Do your Research

Prepare a list of questions about the company and be sure to include goals and what they expect the applicant to accomplish. Be prepared to discuss strengths, weaknesses, major accomplishments and how you handle difficult situations. If your skills and industry background are not a match to the position, explain how your qualifications are appropriate. Refrain from “story telling” and answer questions concisely and honestly. Do not be evasive or interrupt the interviewer.

Be pleasant and smile even if the interviewer tries to put you on the defensive. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Show an interest in the interviewer by asking of their background and reasons for coming to the company.

Finish Strong

Close the interview by asking what the next step is, when you can expect a response and thanking them for their time.

Follow up soon after by sending a hand written thank you note to each person who interviewed you.