Keep the tone positive
Being honest and straightforward are essential in providing a positive image. An important thing to remember is to never be negative during an interview. The interview is the time to highlight strengths, not to speak ill of a former employer or co-worker. Employers are looking for positive attitudes. Putting down others leaves a bad impression.
Be as positive as possible during the interview — even on questions that are meant to draw out some bad information. For example, if you are asked, "Give an example of one of the worst supervisors you have had," you can still provide a positive answer. Do this by saying something like, "I have worked for several supervisors — some of them were more effective than others. Although each may have had his or her weaknesses, I have learned from each of them on how to be an effective supervisor."
The interview is your time to shine. Remember that whatever the question is, you should try to emphasize your strengths when giving an answer. Although being positive and emphasizing your strengths is important, be truthful and don’t exaggerate. In the end, you want to show how you can be an important asset to the company through your teamwork skills, product knowledge, and positive attitude.
At the end of the interview, make sure to thank the interviewer for his time. When you get home, go over the interview again. What questions were asked? Did you answer them effectively? Could you improve on your interviewing techniques? Jot down some notes and use them for reference for future interviews.
A simple "Thank You"
Follow up the interview with a Thank You letter. This is helpful in the following ways:
Allows you to reinforce the good impression you made during the interview.
Allows you to clear up any misunderstandings that may have come up during the interview.
Reaffirms your unique qualifications for the job.
Gives you an opportunity to include any additional data discussed in the interview that you may not have had on hand at the time.
Serves as a reminder that you want the job and are eager to become part of the company.
In the end, if all went well and you were the ideal candidate for the job, you will get a job offer. If you don’t get the job, don’t panic. The time spent preparing your resume and learning interviewing pointers will be valuable for the next job opportunity.
This article has covered some of the basics of resume writing and interviewing techniques. With a little bit of research and work, it won’t be long before you land that job you’ve dreamed of; hearing those words — You’re hired!
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