How to prepare for an Interview
Youve worked hard to get here. Youve sent out 31 resumes, networked, attended job fairs, enrolled in school for more education youve taken all the right steps. Then, one afternoon the phone rings. Yes, wed like you to come in for an interview. Is next Tuesday at 10:00 alright with you? Alright???!!! You can be there in 10 minutes! But you gather your composure, pretend to rifle through your appointment book and calmly reply, Yes, Tuesday at 10:00 works for me. See you then. Now what?
Its time to prepare for that all-important interview. Here are ten steps you should take before you show up at the interviewers door.
Review your resume :- Sure, you know it by heart. But what was it that caught the eye of the recruiter? Specialized experience? Unique training? Revisit your resume from the point of view of the interviewer.
Information Gathering : Get to know the company you are hoping to work for.You should research the company well before applying to it. You must be prepared to discuss the industry, the companys relative size within that industry and show that you know who the major players and competitors are.
Location and punctuality : Find out the location of organization. Make sure you have a map or directions as well.Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Arriving early will give you the opportunity to read some information on the company in the reception area.
Be professional : Professional look always helps for good impression. Be careful about your dressing. Be aware of the company culture and ensure you dress to impress. Decide what you are going to wear the night before to avoid making the wrong choices.
Be polite : Dont interrupt to the interviewer. Listen very carefully. Poor listening skills are responsible for the bad impression. If the interview is being conducted in a restaurant, mind your table manners. If the interviewers are serious and soft-spoken, then you should be same as interviewer. Avoid loud laughter during the interviewer.
Be positive : Keep in mind that there is only one chance to make a first impression. Every company wants employees who are goal-oriented, career-driven, enthusiastic and motivated. Be the employee as they want. End the interview on a positive note. The hiring official needs to know that you are interested, enthusiastic and excited about the position and the company.
Be practical : If you are experienced then the interviewer already knows your current salary and benefits package. When the topic of salary comes up state that you know they will make a fair offer. If you are offered the position during the interviewing process and you want the job then accept it. If the offer is not acceptable for any reason, ask for time to consider the offer.
Human resource interview tips Dos
(1) Have a firm handshake.
(2) Be sincere and direct.
(3) Introduce yourself in a courteous manner.
(4) Read company materials while you wait.
(5) You have to prepare for questions and listen carefully to the interviewer.
(6) Ask about the next step in the process.
(7) Thank the interviewer.
(8) Learn about the Human Resources Analyst Program and understand the different facets of human resources.
(9) You never know what the interviewer will ask you about, so be prepared to talk about anything you have included on your resume.
(10) You should be truthful about your experiences and skills.
Human resource interview tips Donts
(1) Dont show depression or discouragement.
(2) Dont start with the topics like salary, benefits or working hours.
(3) Dont look at your watch.
(4) Dont be too serious.
Follow up : Always write a thank you note immediately after the interview. If there are number of interviewers then send a copy of thank you letter to each person. Summarize your qualifications and how they meet the expectations of the position.