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The Psych Up, Issue #012- 10 Interview Tips
November 14, 2006

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"10 Job Interview Tips"



This issue has taken more time than I had expected.

But, you know, it is irregular monthly newsletter…

In-between-time I have included some articles on how prepare your second interview, great interview questions, interviewer questions, how to dress up for an interview and some others. But article here is a last minute exercise to perform better than others when knowledge, skill and experiences are almost the same.

Stay Tuned!

Saqib Ali Ateel

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10 Job Interview Tips

You know knowledge, experience and professional attitude is very much important to get a job. If you rehearse through interview questions and formulate your answers for your particular positions, it can help you further to increase your chances of selection. You still need to know:

• How can you sell yourself?

• How can you show to your potential employers how valuable you can be to his company?

• You know you’re the right person for the job, so how do you make THEM to see that?

• How can you convince them to hire you TODAY and not even THINK about other applicants?

Read through the following 10 tips for a successful interview to express your true colors in a smart way. They will help you to prove your knowledge, skill and experience beneficial for the company.

First Job Interview Tip; Company

Try to find out everything about the company you’d be working for. Who are its customers? What is its mission statement? How does the job you’d be performing relate to the company’s goals? Finding out this type of information gives you great insights on what kinds of questions to ask your interviewer and shows them that you’ve done your research and already have some background in the company’s business and objectives.

Second Job Interview Tip; Job Description

Read over the job description carefully. Analyze your own strengths and see how you can tie the two together. If you have previous experience, make note of those times where you helped achieve a specific result. Employers give more serious consideration to applicants who have a background and a track record in their industry than those who do not.

Third Job Interview Tip; Resume

The interviewer may ask you for a resume. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself. You will have to give a copy to each prospective employer. In your resume include your educational background, your prior work experience in the related fields to the job that you are applying for, and all required personal information. This would include your name and address, contact telephone number, and a message phone number also. Keep your resume brief. Most interviewers only read the highlights of the resume anyway. They will spend less than a minute reading it.

Fourth Job Interview Tip; Team Member

Most employers are looking for team players. They want to hire someone who can be friendly and who will integrate well with the office workers that are already there. This is why your first impression at the interview is so important. If you establish a friendly rapport with the interviewer, they will pass this along to the person who makes the final decision on hiring. Every employer wants to hire someone who is highly qualified, has a strong desire to produce results and is friendly.

Fifth Job Interview Tip; Attitude

When you arrive, the interviewer will have some specific things that need to be answered by you. You can help yourself get hired by simply following the cues of the interviewer. Be polite and answer all of the questions honestly. Let the interview flow as smoothly as possible by waiting for the interviewer to prompt you for your answers. Be professional in your responses and show a caring attitude along with a genuine desire for employment. Let the job interviewer run the interview. Try your best to come across clearly when answering the interviewer's questions.

Sixth Job Interview Tip; Problem Solver

Show that you can solve problems and work well under pressure, since nearly every job will require both skills. If you can identify a particular problem in your industry or that you may face when doing this job, give the interviewer some ideas of how you would solve it. Be calm, relaxed and confident. Some nervousness is expected, but your overall mannerisms (such as fidgeting, nail-biting, slumping in your chair) will be an instant giveaway on how well you REALLY work under stress. Likewise, if you project confidence and security in how you carry yourself, the interviewer will definitely notice.

Seventh Job Interview Tip; Interviewer Questions

If your mind goes blank when asked if you have any questions (and you should ALWAYS have a couple of questions ready), consider asking why this position is open. What’s the company’s track record and turnover rate? Are they performing well and keeping employees on board? Remember, you’re not just selling yourself on how you’d be a great fit for this company, but finding out how this company could also be a great fit for you.

Eighth Job Interview Tip; Personal Questions

If an interviewer asks a question that makes you feel uncomfortable, smile politely and ask, “Why would you like to know?” Remember, your employer is prohibited from asking you personal questions, including references to your race, gender, sexual preference, marital status and child care situations. Your interview should be focused on how well you can perform the job, not your home and family life.

Ninth Job Interview Tip; Interviewer’s Time

Be respectful to the interviewer’s time. Don’t brag to your future employer. You wouldn’t impress them. The best way to make friends is to listen carefully and interact appropriately. If you are not asked about your expected salary don’t ask them about the payments. Once the interview is completed and you are allowed to leave, thank them all warmly. Exit with a grace and a purpose.

Tenth Job Interview Tip; Interviewer Thank Note

After the interview send a thank-you note, if rules of business allow. Recount your strengths in the letter and highlight your qualifications. Touch on specific discussions or conversations you had with the interviewer to help them remember that polished, professional, enthusiastic candidate (you). Close the note by letting the interviewer know of your sincere interest in the position and your confidence in doing it well.

If you keep all of these suggestions in mind, you’ll not only have seriously impressed your potential employer, but you’ll come away from it feeling like a winner too!

Good luck!

About the Author

Saqib Ali Ateel has dedicated his website for psychological tests. He advises for preparation before encountering pre-employment tests. Visit to understand psychometrics, theories behind them and the related prickly issues.

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