Am I Ready for the Job? (Do's and Don'ts in Job Interviews)

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“Am I Ready for the Job? Do’s and Don’ts in Job Interviews :

“Am I Ready for the Job? Do’s and Don’ts in Job Interviews By: JOJO M. VITO, PhD INTRASPEC MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY

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Do take a practice run to the location where you are having the interview -- or otherwise be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.

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Do your research and know the type of job interview you will encounter. And do prepare and practice for the interview, but don't memorize or over-rehearse your answers.

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Do dress for the job, the company, the industry. And do err on the side of conservatism.

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Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.

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Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are running late, do phone the company.

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Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy & respect . This situation is where you make your first impression with the employer.

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Don't chew gum during the interview.

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Do bring extra resumes to the interview. (Even better, if you have a job-skills portfolio , do bring that with you to the interview.)

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If presented with a job application, do fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.

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Do greet the interviewer(s) by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name if you are sure of the pronunciation. (If you're not sure, do ask the receptionist about the pronunciation before going into the interview.

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Don't tell jokes during the interview.

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Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. And do remember body language and posture : sit upright and look alert and interested at all times. Don't slouch.

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Do avoid using poor language , slang , & pause words (such as "like," "uh," & "um").

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Do show enthusiasm in the position and the company.

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Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. And don't smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke. Do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have a breath mint before the interview.

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Don't be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.

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Do have a high confidence and energy level, but don't be overly aggressive.

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A void controversial topics.

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Don't be too desperate…. ‘ daw mabuang na guid ko ya pangita obra sir…”

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Don't say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.

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Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no“. Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Give detailed examples.

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Do over sell your achievements. And don't offer any negative information about yourself.

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Do show off the research you have done on the company and industry when responding to questions.

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Don't bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.

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Don't respond to an unexpected question with an extended pause or by saying something like, “OMG, that's a good question." And do repeat the question aloud or ask for the question to be repeated to give you a little more time to think about an answer. Also, a short pause before responding is okay.

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Don't ever lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly ... And don't over-answer questions.

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Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity until you are sure about it.

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Don't answer cell-phone calls during the interview, and do turn off (or set to silent ring) your cell phone. “excuse sir huh, nag text si mama…ay si papa gali …”

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Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.

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Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until after you've received an offer. Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements, but do try and delay salary talk until you have an offer.

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Do shake hands firmly. Don't have a limp or clammy handshake!

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Do ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry. Don't ever not ask any questions -- it shows a lack of interest.

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Do close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about the next step in the process.

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PHONE INTERVIEW

PHONE INTERVIEW:

PHONE INTERVIEW Do give accurate and detailed contact information in your cover letter so your interviewers can easily connect with you. When in job-hunting mode, don't have a disproportionately silly or long greeting on your answering machine or voicemail. Do ensure that household members understand the importance of phone messages in your job search. Do know what job you are interviewing for.

PHONE INTERVIEW:

PHONE INTERVIEW Do practice, if possible. Have a friend call you to do a mock phone interview so you get the feel of being interviewed over the phone. When being interviewed by phone, do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes, take notes, and concentrate. If you cannot devote enough time to a phone interview, do suggest a specific alternate time to the recruiter. It's often best to be the one who calls back so you can be mentally prepared. Do consider using a phone-interview log.

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PHONE INTERVIEW Do consider keeping some notecards or an outline in front of you to remind yourself of key points you want to cover with the interviewer. You don't want your responses to sound scripted, but you don't want to fumble for important points either. Do also have your resume in front of you so you can remember highlights of your experience and accomplishments. Do ensure that you can hear and are being clearly heard. Do consider standing when being interviewed on the phone. Some experts say you'll sound more professional than if you're slouching in an easy chair.

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PHONE INTERVIEW Don't feel you have to fill in the silences. If you've completed a response, but the interviewer hasn't asked his or her next question, don't start babbling just to fill in airtime. Instead, ask a question of your own related to your last response. Do create a strong finish to your phone interview with thoughtful questions. Don't panic if you have special needs. If you are hearing-impaired, for example, phone interviews are still possible. Don't snuffle, sneeze or cough. If you can't avoid these behaviors, say "excuse me." Don't chew gum or food, or drink anything noisy.

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Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts:

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts Do continue following-up, especially if the employer asks you to. Remember the adage about the squeaky wheel getting the oil. Just don't go overboard and annoy or bother the employer. Don't place too much importance on one job or one interview; there will be other opportunities for you. Do use other job offers as leverage in your follow-up -- to get the offer you really want. Don't burn any bridges if you do not get a job offer. And do try and turn the situation into a positive by bringing the interviewer(s) into your network

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts:

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts Do ask at the end of the interview when the employer expects to make the hiring decision. Do be proactive and consider follow-up a strategic part of your job search process. Follow-up can give you just the edge you need to get the job offer over others who interviewed for the position. Do use these follow-up techniques to continue to show your enthusiasm and desire for the position, but don't make it seem as though you are desperate. Do obtain the correct titles and names of all the people who interviewed you. (Ideally, do get each person's business card.)

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts :

Job Interview Follow-Up Do's & Don'ts Do alert your references -- if you have not done so already -- that they may be getting a phone call from the employer. Don't stop job-hunting, even if you feel confident that you will get a job offer. Do continue to interview and attempt to find other opportunities. Do follow-up with a telephone call to the employer within a week to ten days (or sooner, if the employer had a shorter timetable) to ask about the position. And do continue to build rapport and sell your strengths during the phone call. Do be patient. The hiring process often takes longer than the employer expects. .

Common Job Interview Questions:

Common Job Interview Questions

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What's one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make? How well do you adapt to new situations? Why did you decide to seek a position in this company? What can you tell us about our company? What interests you about our products? What do you know about our competitors? What two or three things are most important to you in your job? Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?

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How would you describe yourself? Why did you leave your last job? What are your long range and short range goals and objectives? What specific goals other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years? What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now? What do you really want to do in life? What are your long range career objectives? How do you plan to achieve your career goals? What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

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What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases? What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work? Do you have a geographic preference? Why? Are you willing to relocate? Are you willing to travel for the job? Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located? What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it? What have you learned from your mistakes? What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?

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What do you expect to be earning in five years? Why did you choose this career? Can you explain this gap in your employment history? How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams? How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict? Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict? What's more important to you -- the work itself or how much you're paid for doing it. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? How would a good friend describe you?

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What are the attributes of a good leader? Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job. Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why? What's the most recent book you've read? Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her? What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why? Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far. If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities would you look for? Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree? In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable? How do you work under pressure? Are you good at delegating tasks?

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Describe the best job you've ever had. Describe the best supervisor you've ever had. What would your last boss say about your work performance? What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job? Why should I hire you? What makes you qualified for this position? What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career? How do you determine or evaluate success? What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours? In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company? Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? Have you ever been fired or forced to resign? What qualities should a successful manager possess? Do you consider yourself a leader?

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