OF THE INTERVIEW
interview is a two way conversation, during which both you and the interviewer
have several objectives to accomplish.
Frequently, you will go through more than one interview with a company
before you are offered a position. Your primary goal during any interview
is to get a job offer, or at least an additional interview. Do not reject
a position before you get an offer! An interview is also your opportunity
to gather information about the company, its needs, and the specific
position. Relate this information to yourself and your qualifications.
Your Search Finance Group consultant will help prepare you before your
THE INTERVIEWER: While a certain amount of information about
an individual is gained through a resume, employment application, or
testing; many questions remain unanswered. Interviewers want to know
how you will fit in the organization’s environment, what your
work style is like, what motivates you, and if your experience and training
are relevant to the specific position., The more you know about an organization
before you arrive at the interview, the better you will be able to respond
to the interviewer’s concerns.
Clarify your professional short and long term goals. Be able to articulate
them clearly. Professional goals do not always mean getting to the
top of a corporation in a short time frame. They may include: attaining
specific levels of achievement or production, creating a desirable
work situation, or having a business of one’s own. Short and
long term goals should be consistent. Discuss your goals with your
Search Finance Group consultant.
all the details and chronology of your work history. Interviewers
will frequently use your resume to help them formulate questions.
In addition to being familiar with the information on your resume,
be ready to expand on any portion of it, and able to relate it to
the needs of the person interviewing you.
as much as possible about an organization before you arrive at the
interview. Good sources are annual reports, industry catalogs, the
chamber of commerce, and your Search Finance Group consultant. Knowledge
of the basic information impresses the interviewer with your interest,
and enables you to ask more detailed questions about the company and
Be prepared for the standard questions. Keep your answers specific.
Use examples to illustrate major points, and be positive.
APPEARANCE: Dress appropriately and professional for the interview.
Avoid loud colors, faddish styles, and anything that will be distracting.
It is better to be too conservative in dress than not enough. (Suitable
attire includes white shirts, dark suits, etc.) Check the details of
your grooming including; neatly combed and trimmed hair, clean manicured
fingernails, wrinkle-free clothing, and polished shoes.
YOUR ACTIONS: Actions do speak louder than words. Be
aware of yours.
five to ten minutes early for your appointment. Use the extra time
to compose yourself, and to read any available material on the organization.
If you cannot make the interview on time, call before the scheduled
polite, alert, and relaxed. Indicate a genuine interest in the interviewer
through eye contact, a firm handshake and by using his or her name
throughout the interview. Do not forget to smile!
up straight; avoid nervous habits, smoking, or chewing gum. Slouching,
leaning on the interviewer’s desk, and moving about constantly
are all irritants.
is contagious, and one of the most frequently cited reasons for hire!
Do not be afraid to express your genuine interest and excitement about
the position, the company, and their goals.
self-confidence by speaking positively about your abilities, experience,
and willingness to acquire new skills.
Answer questions in an articulate and organized manner. Speak slowly,
and be sure to use emphasis and inflection where appropriate.
Listen carefully, and be as concise as possible in your answers. If
you are not sure how much detail is wanted, ask. For example, if the
interviewer says: “Tell me about the XYZ project,” you might
ask: “Are you most interested in the technical aspects or the
speak positively about former employers and experiences. It is a fatal
mistake to complain about a previous supervisor or situation during
an interview. Look for the educational value in your negative experiences
and speak from that viewpoint.
your work experience directly to the needs of the organization. Examples
of past accomplishments effectively demonstrate your abilities.
you are asked questions about your personal life, use them as opportunities
to emphasize how well you balance your personal and professional life.
Always keep your answers job related.
your questions on benefits, vacation, sick leave, etc. for the discussion
after you have received an offer. Initially focus your questions on
the company and the position. Asking appropriate thoughtful questions
is an effective selling tool. Prepare a mental list before the interview.
the interviewer ends your meeting, do not attempt to prolong it. Briefly
express your strong interest in the company and the position, thank the
interviewer for his or her time, and leave on a positive note. Try “I
appreciate your time and the opportunity to meet with you. I am very interested
in the position, and look forward to meeting with you again soon.”
the Search Finance Group consultant immediately. He will be getting
feedback from both you and the company, and will want to discuss it
Send a thank you note by the following day. Keep it brief and to the
point. Thank the interviewer again for his or her time, restate your
qualifications in terms of what you can do for the company, and express
your interest in the position. Please have somebody proofread your
thank you letter.
An interview is an important part of the hiring process. Remember:
for it like you would for any important meeting or presentation.
the interview, present yourself and your qualifications confidently.
carefully, and ask appropriate questions.
the interview on a positive note.
the Search Finance Group consultant immediately after the interview.
ARE YOU ABLE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW?
Why do you want to leave your current company?
What are your long term and short term career goals?
Tell me about your work experience. What do you look for in a job?
Why should we hire you? What is your biggest strength?
What is your biggest weakness?
What has been your most important accomplishment?
What is the hardest thing you’ve every done?
What salary are you looking for?
(The best answer to this question is not to. The Search Finance Group
consultant will address this issue with you.).