Interview: Master It

The time has come in life when a job change is needed, the current employer down-sized, or you out-grew a job position. A search high and low turned up a job interview. Be prepared. Take time to visit the organization’s web site. Look at the mission statement. The mission statement explains an organization’s purpose.

The mission statement cited that the organization is going green, for example.

Refer to it in an answer that you’d like to share in the experience. Or, pick another point to stir-up an answer with. Always, be upbeat.

Your answers should reflect a positive attitude.

The interview day arrived. Don’t focus on how nervous you are.

Arrive at the interview, at least, forty-five minutes earlier than your appointment time. It gives you an opportunity to freshen-up, and get comfortable in your new surroundings.

Take a deep breath before the interview, several. Organize your thoughts, and avoid using slang words.

The word money isn’t uttered from your lips. Push the following unit of words, thoughts, out of your mind. Any idea when I’ll get a pay-raise? Although, maintain eye contact.

Be respectful of those you encounter. “Good morning.” A person rushed by you.

Some would say nothing, but respond with a greeting. It could be your interviewer.

Below are possible questions.

Why are you looking for employment?

I’m looking to share my experiences with a new organization, and learn new skills.

What do you want to share?

I’m organized, detail oriented, and communicate well.

A supplier contacted my office about an order. I was able to pull-up the necessary information on the computer system, and explain how payment was mis-applied. I followed up with the proper department. What are your weaknesses?

I have a tendency to arrive for work before my shift begins. My goal is to exceed the quota, but after listening to co-workers slowed the practice. Why did you leave your last job?

It’s not a good idea to remark badly about your former manager, co-workers.

Tell the truth. It’s possible you didn’t like your former manager. There’s no need to share it in the interview.

I reached my potential there, and want to explore a new career. Be yourself during the interview.

There is a question that spreads panic, but stay calm.

The question is: Why were you fired from your previous job?

My experiences, qualifications, weren’t appreciated. However, I feel your organization can benefit from them. Is there anything you’d like to add, ask?

I read in your mission statement about your company going green. I like the concept, and want to share in it.

A job interview is mastered when you’re prepared, and organized.

GT –>