The Job Interview Cheat Guide

This is a checklist to make sure you are fully focused before, during and after your job interview.

A few days before the interview…

  • Research the company, industry and the competition.
  • Make a list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting.
  • Make a bullet list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
  • Prepare your 60-second personal statement.
  • Write at least five success stories to answer interview questions (“Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of a time…”).
  • List five questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the industry.
  • Research salaries to determine your worth.
  • Determine your salary needs based on your living expenses.

Prepare your answers…

  • Why did you leave your last position, or why are you leaving your current position?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • What are your goals?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What has been your most significant achievement?
  • How would your last boss and colleagues describe you?
  • Why should we hire you?

Before you go to your interview…

Carry these items to the interview:

  • Several copies of your resume on quality paper.
  • A copy of your references.
  • A pad of paper on which to take notes.
  • Directions to the interview site.

Once you get to the interview…

  • Arrive early.
  • Review your stories and answers.
  • Go to the restroom and check your appearance one last time.
  • Announce yourself to the receptionist in a professional manner.
  • Stand and greet your interviewer with a handshake.
  • Smile and maintain eye contact.

During the interview…

  • Try to focus on the points you have prepared without sounding rehearsed or stiff.
  • Relax and enjoy the conversation.
  • Learn what you can about the company.
  • Ask questions and listen; read between the lines.
  • Once complete, thank the interviewer, and ask about the next steps.
  • Ask for the interviewer’s business card so you can send a follow-up letter.

This Job Interview Cheat Sheet should help you get through your Interview with flying colors!

 

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