Category Archives: Interview Tips

Quick Interview Tips #11-16!

11. Send a thank you letter via email to your recruiter, not directly to the interviewer/client.  Your recruiter will forward to the interviewer/client.
12. Be aware of your language.  Avoid vocal filters such as “like”, “um”, “you know”.
13. Answer questions within 60 seconds or your will lose your listener, don’t ramble.
14. Make sure that you show interest in and enthusiasm for working for the employer.
15. Be prepared, but don’t sound rehearsed.
16. Expect to hear, “tell me about yourself”.

 

Check back for more tips next week!

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Quick Interview tips #6-10!

6. Don’t let your guard down.  No matter how friendly the interviewer is, you must always remember that he/she is not your friend.
7. Answer the interviewer’s questions in a direct and concise manner.
8. Have questions prepared, even questions about company culture, environment, work schedule, etc. 
9. Wear your best suit.
10. Maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer; this will show that you are confident in your abilities and that you have nothing to hide.

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Quick Interview Tips #1-5

Welcome to the beginning of our segment on quick interview tips. These tips are good to have and can help you in any kind of interview situation !!
 
  1.  Identify your accomplishments before you go on an interview
  2. Understand the job’s description and be prepared to recall specific actions and behaviors that address the required skills.
  3. Don’t make vague proclamations of your skills.  Small but telling actions and behaviors are more important than grandiose but unsubstantiated claims of job success.
  4. Determine which of your skills, traits or experiences the employer needs.
  5. If faced with negative questions, look for a positive spin.
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Final tips for the live interview!

 

7.     ASK FOR BUSINESS CARDS FROM THE PEOPLE YOU MEET

  • You will need these cards for follow-up thank you notes.

8.     IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FOR THIS CLIENT THEN ASK FOR THE JOB AT THE INTERVIEW. 

  • “I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen here today.  I have enjoyed learning about your company and its products or services.  I’m confident I could do an excellent job in the position”.
  • “I am very interested in the opportunity that you have outlined in this interview.  What are the next steps in the interviewing/hiring process for me”?
  • “I would really enjoy working with you and your company.  How soon would you want me to start working on your team?”

If you are not interested in the position or don’t think the interview went well then don’t let your feelings show.  Often other positions become available that might be of interest to you and by leaving a positive impression you may be considered by them in the future.

Occasionally an interviewer, who is genuinely interested in you, may seem to discourage you as a way of testing your reaction.  If you reach for the job it shows your true desire.  If you don’t chase after the position, it may indicate a lower level of interest.

Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration

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Tips for the Live Interview #5-6

5.     DRESS FOR SUCCESS

  • Men should wear a dark business suit, white shirt, conservative tie and polished black shoes.
  • Women should wear a dress with jacket or professional pantsuit.

 

6.     SHOW ENTHUSIASM

  • Make good eye contact with your interviewer
  • Maintain a consistent positive attitude through your interview
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Tips for the live interview #3-4

Have any interviews coming up? Here are a few more tips on how to prepare for the live interview.

3.     PLAN ON ARRIVING 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED INTERVIEW TIME

 4.    BRING EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME (Confer with your Becker Recruiter as we may have fixed spelling or grammar)

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Tips for the Live Interview #1-2

Happy Friday! Today begins Beckertek’s advice on how to nail the live interview. Here are the first two tips..

Your goal of the interview is twofold, to determine if the opportunity is right for you and to ultimately receive an offer of employment.  This is an offer you choose to accept or decline.  By the end of each interview, make sure you have demonstrated to the interviewer exactly;

  • Why you are interested in this position
  • What can you offer the company as an employee

1.      PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW

  • Visit the website of the company and learn about its products and services.
  • Make sure you know how to get to the interview.  If you are unfamiliar with the route or do not know the destination, then we recommend you drive the route a day early to ensure your navigation on the interview day.  Don’t rely only on directions from the Internet.

 2.     BE PREPARED WHEN THE INTERVIEWER ASKS: “Tell me about yourself”

  • Focus your answer on your background and a few professional and personal accomplishments
  • Give a few specific references to previous successes or achievements for example; highly successful projects, ways you increased productivity, processes developed, systems installed, etc.
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How to Start Your Work Week Off Right

How to Start Your Work Week Off Right

Happy Monday! Check out this article filled with helpful hints on how to start your week off right brought to you by http://www.careerealism.com .

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Final phone interview tips!

Here are Beckertek’s final phone interview tips… We hope you have found them useful.

26. If asked what salary you are looking for, tell them what you were making previously or are currently making and what range you would like to be in…make sure you discuss this with your recruiter prior to the interview so everyone is on the same page.

27. By the end of the each interview, make sure you have demonstrated to the interviewer exactly; (1) why you are interested in this position and (2) what you can offer to the company as an employee.

Stay tuned next week for tips for the live interview!

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Phone Interview tips #21-25!

21. Do not talk in a negative way about last position, manager or company.

22. Have a list of prepared questions.  This shows your preparedness and indicates you are mature, professional and interested.  A lack of questions can be mistaken as a lack of interest. Some possibilities might be:

  1. What would I be expected to accomplish in this position?
  2. What are YOUR (the interviewer) expectations of this position over the next six months? Over the next year?
  3. What will it take to be successful in this position?
  4. How do you define or rate success in this position?
  5. What are some characteristics of your successful staff?
  6. What is the company culture like?
  7. What are the greatest challenges in this position?
  8. How do you think I fit the position?

23. If they have answered all your questions just say “I did have questions but you have answered them all”.

24. Express interest in going to the next step.

25. If you are comfortable you can ask where you fit in with the other people they have interviewed

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