09/16/2013
 
Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

Everyone wants their interview with a potential employer to be a success. Part I of our ingredients for success are our Dos for an interview:
 
DO prepare the questions you will ask during the interview
Probing questions you might ask (a) Who is the ideal candidate? (b) Reason the position is available? (c) Anticipated training program? (d) Is there a typical day? (e) What are key challenges?
 
DO dress in a business suit or dress, rather than sport clothes. Your own personal taste may not be your best guide; avoid cologne, perfume, too much jewelry.
 
DO plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
 
DO greet the interview by his surname if you are sure of the pronunciation. (If you are not, ask him to repeat his name)
 
DO look a prospective employer in the eye while you talk to him/her.
 
DO follow the interviewer’s leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can relate your background and skills to the position. DON’T answer with a simple yes or no. Explain whenever possible. Tell things about yourself that relate to the situation
 
DO be prepared to answer typical questions like: What kind of job are you looking for? What are your strengths? Your weaknesses? What do you know about our company? Why did you choose your particular vocation? What are your qualifications?
 
DO always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can choose from a number of jobs – rather than only one.

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