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Lean forward while listening, keep eye contact and be attentive.
Start the Interview in the Parking Lot
Assume your interview starts outside the building. You never know who is watching.
Be On Time
Arrive early and know the exact place of the interview and the name of the interviewer.
Everyone is Interviewing
Don’t wait for the interviewer to turn on the charm. Most interviewers ask for feedback from others who met you along the way.
Keep It Conservative
Even the most liberal companies usually want someone conservative when it comes to their accounting department.
When agreeing to an interview, double check the name and pronunciation of the interviewer.
Know the Company
Take the time to research the company prior to the interview.
Have Questions Ready
Most interviewers ask if you have any questions. Have a minimum of 2 – 3 well thought out questions ready to go.
Be confident in your abilities. For areas that are new to you, be confident in your ability to learn.
Keep it conservative, and dress slightly better than the current employees in a similar position.
Know Your Resume
Commit your resume to memory. Practice answering questions related to your skills, work history and education.
It is usually inappropriate to bring up compensation during the first interview. Save this conversation for a later step.
Smile and project a positive demeanor. Many companies will hire a less experienced individual with the right attitude.
Keep it hidden and turn it off. Even the appearance of a cell phone in an interview can send the wrong message.
Not too many…but taking a few notes during an interview shows you are listening and have an attention to detail.
Don't Appear Desperate
Even if you are desperate, show confidence. Employers are often fearful of someone who "needs the money."
We all know to use professional language, but also avoid topics such as age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation.
Carefully listening to what an interviewer says will provide valuable information to help you through the process. Don’t let nerves get in the way of truly listening.
Leave Enough Time
Make sure to leave plenty of time after an interview. You never know how long the process may take.
Bring Support Materials
Extra copies of your resume, letters of recommendation, past awards or reviews, reference phone numbers and email addresses.
Never embellish your qualifications or experience.
If You Are Interested
Let the interviewer know, state why you are qualified and suggest a time for the next meeting.
If You Are Not Interested
Let the interviewer know and tactfully state why.
End of the Interview
Give a sincere "Thank You", and send a thank you card (even if you are not interested).
A Chronological Resume is a list of work experience and education history in chronological order showing the most recent information first.
- Advantage: Easy to follow, logical.
- Disadvantage: Limited experience and gaps in employment are obvious.
A Functional Resume organizes your experience according to specific skills and knowledge in relation to jobs for which you are applying.
- Advantages: Highlights capabilities and draws attention to your accomplishments
- Disadvantages: Employers may feel you are covering something up
A Blended Resume merges aspects of both a Functional and Chronological Resume.
Have someone else proofread your resume for spelling, grammar and tone.
Customize to each position you target.
Make sure you have one listed and that it is of a conservative nature.
If interested, most employers will want to reach you quickly. Have and use a cellular phone to be accessible.
Make sure your home number is listed, and that you have a home answering machine with a professional message.
Use a permanent local address whenever possible.
Organize your information in a logical fashion and keep descriptions clear and to the point.
Include highest degree, major, institution attended and GPA if over 3.0.
Dates of Employment
List dates including months. No dates, or using years only, sends the message that something is being hidden.
Keep it simple - list duties and accomplishments.
Interests and Activities
Unless the activity is directly related to the position applied for, do not list.
Keep information in a simple bulleted form, avoid paragraphs.
This is the best policy on a resume. Do not stretch the truth.
Instead of listing "Furnished Upon Request," be proactive and include a separate references list.
If possible, keep a resume to one page.
If emailing, send in a standard format. If mailing, use resume bond paper.
Assume References will be Called
Operate under this assumption.
Separate from Resume
Do not include references on your resume. Prepare as a separate sheet.
While most employers are interested in work related references, include personal and character references as well.
Ask for Permission
Make sure your references are aware that they might be called.
Send a copy of your resume to the references you will be using.
Know the reference policies of past employers. This will help potential employers in reaching references and moving the hiring process forward.
Letters of Reference
In addition to a list of references, include letters of reference whenever possible.
Make sure you give multiple contact numbers, job titles, company names and addresses for your references.
Check to make sure the reference information is accurate. Individuals change companies and phone numbers often.
Have a list of references immediately ready when asked.
Let your references know what you are trying to accomplish.
References are often asked "Who else can I talk to?" Coach your references on whom else to refer.
Keep References Informed
Let your references know how your search is progressing, and most of all, when you find a job.
Thank you Notes
Whether or not they are called, send each of your references a thank you note at the conclusion of your interviewing process.
Choose the Right References
Make sure the references you list can relate to the position for which you are applying.
Consider Reference Checks a Positive
Most employers only call references if they are seriously considering you.