Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Interviewing Tips to Get that Job! Are you Really Listening 7

It is important to be alert for the interview. Be prepared to answer questions by using examples from work, school and other experiences in the past. You may not have the right answer to all the questions, but your stories make you a real person. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the interview and always be on time, or early for it. It shows the organization that you are a professional, dependable and committed individual. Most organizations are looking to hire employees who are willing to work until the job gets done, which may be longer than nine to five.

Listen carefully during the question and answer period. If you have to describe for the interviewer the strength and weaknesses, then speak them clearly and distinctly. Do not mumble words or use street terms to the point where it is confusing and no one understands it. Answer all questions to the best of your ability and avoid nodding your head to answer a question. When asked a question, explain it to the fullest potential, and do not say "yes," or "no." Do not say "yea," but "yes." Do not say "na," but "no." Do not shake your head when responding to a question, but respond by saying "yes," or "no," then elaborate on it.

Prior to the interview, prepare an outline of all your skills and experiences (including volunteer work), and other duties and responsibilities that relate to the new job. Keep all your skills up-to-date so that you can express yourself well and leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. If possible, try to schedule the interview toward the end of the week so that you are not the first person. Employers are in better spirits toward the end of the week. Most employers are looking for people who are intelligent, knowledgeable about the work and communicate well with others.

Good listening skills will make you a more productive employee. You should listen carefully during the interviewing process. You should avoid talking too much or talking over the interviewer, while he is speaking. Listening allows you to pay more attention to your response to questions during an interview.

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