What You Should Be Thinking About At A Job Interview
Copyright (c) 2012 Colon Bolden
Your job interview should be very important to you when its exciting and making you so nervous about being a success. When going up for this special interview, its best not to make too many mistakes or you can fail. So lets start off by understanding what you should bring to the job interview.
Organize and prepare all the papers you will need with you at your job interview. Your main document is your resume. If you don’t have a resume, take instead your school records, Social Security card, work records, licenses, military records, dates of employment and names of your employers.
It is also important to create a list of references. Be prepared to give an employer the names and addresses of three people who are familiar with you and/or your work. You should ask your references for the use of their names in advance. If you think it appropriate, ask a professional friend or former employer to write you a letter of reference, and include it with your resume. If your work is the type of work you can show, take samples of what you have done in the past.
Learn all you can about the company that is interviewing you. Go to the library or your Chamber of Commerce to find out all you can about it. Try to find out exactly what they do and what they have in store for you as far as jobs are concerned. Find out who you will be working for. The person you will be working for will be very influential in your life. Make sure you really want to work for this person. If your future boss doesn’t tell you about himself at the interview, don’t ask.
Know how much you should earn with your talents and skills. Make your estimate a little higher so the company benefits when they bid you down. Don’t go too high or you won’t get the job. Know approximately what the salary scale is for the job and be ready to negotiate the salary.
Prepare yourself for the questions the interviewer is going to ask you. You should rehearse answers to the most commonly asked questions. Have some one ask you these questions to practice your answers:
– Why do you want to work here?
– How long do you want to stay with this company?
– Why did you leave your last job?
– Tell me about yourself.
– Why aren’t you working now?
– How long do you think you would stay in this present job without a promotion?
– Why should we hire you?
– What is your greatest strength/weakness?
– What did you like/dislike about your last job?
– How much did you earn?
– How much do you want to earn?
– Why do you think you can do this job without experience?
It is important that you know yourself. Evaluate what you can offer this company, whether it is education, training or special skills. Always tell them what you can do, not what you can’t do. Know exactly what type of job you are applying for and what type of job you want.