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Interview Tips

Preparing Before the Interview

  • Do your research.  Visit the website of the organization with which you are interviewing.  Get brochures and reports if possible. 
  • Review and modify your resume if needed.
  • Get solid directions and the day's itinerary.
  • Prepare questions that are probing and insightful.
  • Dress in a tailored and conservative manner: Dark suit, limited jewelry. Simple is the key.

At the Interview

  • Arrive at the interview site about 15 minutes early. Make absolutely sure you are not late.
  • Be confident. You are interviewing with this organization because your skills match their needs.
  • Be courteous and kind to everyone you meet. Chances are everyone you meet will give his/her input to the hiring authority.

Be positive during the interview. Don't discuss any negatives associated with past positions. Negativity is one of the leading knockout factors for candidates.

  • Draw parallels between your past job experience and the opportunity for which you are interviewing.
  • Discuss how your skills and achievements will benefit the organization.
  • Don't talk about money or benefits. You are interviewing because your requirements fall into the organization's range.
  • Continue to ask questions of everyone with whom you interview. People judge your intelligence and your interest by the quality of your questioning.
  • If you want to take notes during the interview, come prepared and ask the interviewer for permission.
  • Know the next step in the process.

Common Interview Questions

  • Tell me about your best/worst boss.
  • What are your biggest shortcomings?
  • What are your biggest accomplishments?
  • Walk me through a biography of your career.
  • Why do you want to leave your current situation?
  • Describe the perfect work environment?
  • What are your strongest attributes/skills?
  • What things are you involved in outside of work?
  • What separates you from others doing your same job?
  • What is your life goal?
  • What will your references say about you?
  • What kind of student were you?
  • What do you need in terms of salary?
  • If you were offered the job, when could you start?

After the Interview

  • Call your recruiter immediately. This helps us do our job and gives us insight on how to proceed.
  • Write and mail a thank you note to the interviewer(s). Remember to send the note to your Recruiter for review before it is mailed.
  • Most offers will be extended with an expiration date so walking through acceptance scenarios will be beneficial.

Why People Lose Job Offers

  • Lack of interest or enthusiasm
  • Negativity involving past situations
  • Poor or eccentric personal appearance
  • Arrogance
  • Lack of confidence
  • Failure to ask important questions about the job
  • Excuses as to past failures or shortcomings

As with any potential change, it is normal to be hesitant or a bit nervous as you enter the interview process. We at TRAK welcome the opportunity to research and prepare with you to ensure that your visit is a positive experience.

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