How To Get the Interview

The methods of achieving one vary by company. It is best to know what the company’s application
process is before taking your first step.
Job Fashion

Generally, when a company is hiring they post an ad in the newspaper or an
online job bank. How to contact them is usually included in the ad as well. You don’t
want to email a resume to a company that is requesting that you walk in with your
resume. You don’t want to call a company that requires a faxed resume etc.

You might get a job lead from a friend.
If this is the case, you can either ask the friend to give the employer your resume and
cover letter. 
There are four general methods of applying for a job, and they include these
basic methods.

Sending a Resume

Some companies prefer that you mail in your resume. For this type of approach,
it is best to include a cover letter with your resume. The cover is a basic letter that
describes the position that you are interest in and a few details of your qualifications
and skills. It is basically your lead in to your resume. Before writing your cover letter,
you should know whom the letter is to be addressed to. You never want to begin a
cover letter with “Dear Sir or Madame” or “To whom it may Concern”. It shows that you
have not prepared, and that you are not looking for a specific position with their
company, but any job that you can get your hands on. Basically, it is disrespectful to
your prospective employer.
Emailing Your Resume
Emailing resumes is becoming a commonplace way for recruiters to get resumes.
Most companies offer this method as an alternative to the others. However, there are
few tips on how you should go about it.
You should attach your resume as a word document or PDF file. These are the
most common formats and what most companies will accept. The subject line should
read like this: Smith, John (clerical position)This makes it easy for the recruiter to know
who the email is from, and what it pertains to. It also assures that your email will be
Sometimes there are specific methods for addressing an emailed resume. Some
companies have certain subject line requirements so follow them. If your company
wants you to paste your resume, don’t send attachments because your email will be
deleted right away.
Faxing Your Resume
Again, you will need to include a cover letter when you fax in your resume. If
you are not using your own fax machine, be sure to include your proper contact
information. The rules for your cover letter are the same as for mailing your resume.
More about cover letters will be provided a bit later on in this book.
Walk-In Your Resume
For this type of application procedure, you will want to dress appropriately. You
would want to dress just like you would for an interview. Company’s usually ask you to
do this if you are going to be working directly with customers. They ask for a walk in
because they want to get a look at your grooming habits right away. Sometimes, a walk
in will have the employer giving you a brief interview on the spot, to see if they will
require a formal interview later. So be on your best and most appropriate behavior.
Also, walk-ins do not require you to bring in a cover letter with your resume.
Your appearance is sort of the cover letter. Sometimes, you will be requested to fill out
an application form as well. Smile and be polite, no matter who you are talking to. That
could be the difference between getting an interview and just taking an extra trip for
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Telephoning for an Interview
It is not particularly common anymore for companies to ask you to call them for
an interview. That is usually saved for jobs that include sales and/or jobs that are not
so easily applied for by the other methods. Telephoning for an interview is a bit
common when a company requires that you be on the phone a lot. It gives them a feel
for the quality and the personality of the person on the phone. When making this type
of interview request, always speak in a clean and clear manner. Be polite and prepared
to answer any questions that may be asked of you. You might approach the telephone
interview like this:
“Hello Mr. Brown, I am Mike Sandal. I am calling with regards to your ad in the
Post about the clerical position”. If you are asked your experience and/or previous work
experience, be prepared to answer quickly and explain how long you have been doing
that type of work and give a brief description of your duties.
The correct way to build your resume will be included later on in this manual. It
will give you the correct way to format your resume so that it gets noticed for all of the
right things.

Preparing for the Interview

Once you get the call for the interview, the next thing that you have to do is
prepare for it. You can never over prepare for an interview. The more prepared you
are, the harder it will be to make mistakes. It is best to prepare yourself emotionally as
well as intellectually for an interview. Giving a great interview is not as hard as some
may think, but not as easy as others do either. Here are a few things that must be
done in order to prepare for your next interview.
Remember, during an interview, you are a salesman. You are there to sell
yourself to your prospective employer. You want to market yourself in the most
interesting way possible. Great preparation for the interview is your best bet. A
salesman that is knowledgeable, friendly and positive always gets the close.
Do Your Research
It doesn’t matter how much knowledge or experience you have about the
position that you are trying to get in a company if you don’t have a clue who the
company is or what they do. It is disastrous to enter into an interview and not be able
to tell your interviewer what their company is about. How else are you going to tell
them why you feel that you would be a good addition to their company?
A good and less time consuming way to get to know about a company is to look
up their website. You can get all of the general knowledge about them that way,
including the names of key people and their job titles. (There will be more on that in a
minute) You should sift through most of their pages, including the pages that show
samples of their work and/or products.
You can also look them up in the media files if there are any. Read the articles
about them and soak in as much information as possible. Another thing that would be
nice to do is to check out the surrounding area around the company. It makes for a
nice breaker during the interview. You can make a comment about a particular
monument or resting place nearby.
A trickier way to get a little extra information about the company is to call them
on the phone and ask general questions, without referring to yourself as a potential
employee. It’s a nice way to get the goods on upcoming promotions etc.
Know Your Contact
When called for an interview, ask to whom you will be talking to. It is nice to be
able to greet your interviewer by name at the beginning of the interview without first
being told who they are. It shows that you are on top of things, and have prepared
before hand.
You will also want to do some research on the person that will be conducting
your interview. Learn what they do for the company and try to get some samples of
their work or achievements in the company.
If you know what department that you are going to work in you may want to
get the names of your potential colleagues and superiors prior to the interview as well.
This way you can get some information about their roles in the company and the types
of work that they have done.
Mention some of the things that you learn about your potential colleagues in the
interview and about how much you look forward to working with them in the future. If
you can, give an example of their work so that you will appear more sincere.
Practice Your Responses
It is best, if you are prone to nervousness, to practice giving your responses to
the questions that may be asked of you. (A list of the most common questions will
appear later on in the manual) You should practice your wording and the tone of voice
that you plan to use; Try keeping your responses as brief as possible, but with as much
detail as you can.
When you are trying to work out the proper responses to the interviewer’s
questions, you will also want to practice the art of getting your nerves under control as
well as ridding yourself of any other odd habits while talking; like expressing yourself
with your hands.
Practice answering your interview questions with a friend. Get his or her opinion
about your delivery and gestures. Perhaps your friend will have some nice insights for
you to use during the real interview.

Dress the Part

Pre-select your attire the day before your interview. You want to make sure that
your clothes do not have any wrinkles or stains on them. Pick an outfit that best suits
the type of job that you are applying for. If you are going to work in an office setting,
you should dress conservatively. Soft earth tones are best for women. Try to avoid mini
skirts and shirts that show too much skin. A nice dark suit is good for a male.
Of course if you are planning to work outdoors or in an artistic environment, you
can dress a little more casually. Just be certain to avoid wearing denim jeans, over sized
clothing, and under sized clothing. Women should try and avoid wearing too much
make-up as well. It gives the wrong impression.
Even in the hotter seasons, you should not wear sandals or gym shoes to an
interview. It sends an unprofessional message. The same goes for hats and other

Get Organized

Make sure that all of the things that you will need for the interview are prepared
the day before. Make a checklist of the things that you will need if you have to. You
should always have an extra resume handy during the interview. You should also bring
with you a note pad to take notes during the interview if needed. (Only write down the
important things that you think you will need to remember)If you have a business card,
have one handy, it makes for easy contact later, and it also shows that you are
professional and may help the employer to remember your name.

How Should I Act?

There are many things that you can do that can take some of the pressure off
during an interview. The way that you behave is one of the most important. It’s not all
in the words that come out of your mouth, but often has a lot to do with the
mannerisms that you use.
Interviewers are not just wondering if you are skilled enough for the job, they
are often wondering if you would fit in nicely with you co-workers. Your personality is a
big part of your interview and can make all the difference. Here are some of the little
things that you should pay particularly close attention to during an interview.
You do not want to be chewing gum or breath mints during your interview. You
also don’t want to speak in slang during your interview either. It is unprofessional and

Show Confidence

You cannot enter into an interview with a defeatist attitude. You cannot mope or
exude too much placidity in your manner. It is not inviting, and does not give the
impression of a person that you want to face every day.
Be sure of your abilities without appearing cocky or narcissistic. You want to let
you interviewer know that you are equipped to perform well at your job, without
alienating other workers. You should point out your accomplishments in your field while
remaining somewhat humble.
List your accomplishments in a matter of fact way without going into too much
detail. I know this sounds repetitive, but you can never get this point too strongly.
Understand that body language plays a large part in exuding confidence to others. Sit
straight. Practice good posture, and keep your head up.

Keep a Positive Attitude

You should always try to smile and keep a positive outlook during your interview.
If what you are hearing something that doesn’t sound good to you, don’t frown and
look disgruntled, just keep a slight smile on your face until it is time for you to say
something. Then approach your interviewer with your questions or concerns when the
time is appropriate.

Maintain Eye Contact

Keeping eye contact with your interviewer is very important, especially when one
of you is speaking to the other. If you are looking around the room or at the items on
the interviewer’s desk, you will appear uninterested. Just imagine what you would be
thinking if you were speaking to him and he was looking all over the room. You would
probably think that you already lost the interview.

Body Language

We’ve touched on this a little bit but you should mind some of the common
errors that many people make when they are speaking to others. I’ve listed some of the
common things that you should avoid when sitting through an interview.
􀂷 Avoid fidgeting while speaking to your interviewer. It shows a lack of self
􀂷 Avoid speaking while using overly expressive hand gestures. It is
􀂷 Avoid biting your lips in between sentences. It gives the impression that
you are making things up.
􀂷 Do not sit with your arms crossed because it makes you appear
􀂷 Do not shrug your shoulders when asked a question that you are unsure
of. Take a second to think of your response. Shrugging your shoulders
gives the impression that you don’t know the answer.
􀂷 Don’t answer with nods and head shakes. Use your words to answer
􀂷 Get plenty of sleep the night before the interview. You don’t want to yawn
in front of the interviewer. He will think that you are expressing boredom.
Your First Impression
First impressions can be a hard thing to get past in any situation. During an
interview you want to give the best first impression that you can. There are many small
things that you can do to assure that you give the best impression possible. They are as
􀂷 You can never be too polite to the person that directs to your waiting area
when waiting to be interviewed. A small gesture like, asking how they are
doing can work wonders for you when you leave the building later.
􀂷 While waiting to be interviewed, sit properly and behave as if everyone
passing you by is your potential interviewer. (They just might be) Smile at
people as much as possible. Do not act impatient or bored, it sends the
wrong message. Some interviewers will keep you waiting just to see how
you handle yourself.
􀂷 Greet you interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile.
􀂷 Remain standing until your interviewer asks you to be seated. It is simply
polite and shows proper etiquette.
􀂷 Again, dress according to the type of job that you are applying for.
􀂷 Show yourself to be well organized, by having all things needed for the
􀂷 While waiting do not eat or drink anything.
􀂷 Don’t chat on your cell phone while waiting for your interviewer. It makes
you look distracted.

Your Resume

This may seem like an unimportant thing during an interview, but this is the sole
reason why you may get that interview so you should be prepared with a well written
You should tailor your resume to highlight the qualifications, work experience
and any education that you’ve had that best represents the type of work you are
applying for. You should also include any other work experience that you’ve had, as
well as any accomplishments that you have made in your field.
You may also want to dress up your resume to let it stand out a bit. A nice
border is an elegant way to make your resume stand out without being a distraction to
the information within it.
Of course there also quite a few things that recruiters hate to see on resumes as
well. Many people do not think that recruiters really go all the way through a resume,
but they really do. Recruiters have certain pet peeves when it comes to reading a
resume. I’ve included a list of some of the pet peeves that you should avoid when
putting your resume together.

These are the things that recruiters hate to see.

􀂷 Hiding or not including vital information on a resume is like death. A recruiter
needs to see all of your important information without having to search for it.
􀂷 Major gaps in your employment history leave a recruiter wondering about your
work ethic. Be prepared to answer questions if you have such gaps in yours.
􀂷 Summaries that are hard to follow and understand are annoying to recruiters.
Keep your summary easy and brief.
􀂷 Use easy and simple fonts. Fancy fonts and colors are not eye catching in the
manner that you likely wanted it to be. Yours will become to how-to on making
resume errors.
􀂷 Avoid writing your resume as a narrative or in the first or third person. It is really
irritating for a recruiter, and comes off as arrogant and/or egotistical.
􀂷 Pictures and/or graphics on a resume is distracting to a recruiter. Things like that
will likely get your resume tossed out without a glance.
􀂷 Needlessly adding objectives and introductions on your resume bores recruiters.
They know what your objective is, and your resume is not meant to be a novel.
􀂷 Lying or putting misleading information on your resume is a major no-no. There
are always ways for a recruiter to check up on you and many do, so don’t lie.
Getting caught in a lie on a resume just says that you can’t be trusted.
􀂷 Adding unnecessary information on a resume like your hobbies is completely
useless. You should save that section to describe any accomplishments that you
have made in your field.
􀂷 Sending a resume that doesn’t match the type of job that you are applying for is
extremely irritating to a recruiter. You are wasting their time.
􀂷 Using overly long paragraphs in a resume will get yours tossed aside. It is harder
for the recruiter to read and makes the task take too long.
􀂷 Resumes that are more than two pages will not be fully read by a recruiter.
That’s just the way it is.
􀂷 Dating the information in your work history in the wrong order makes your
resume harder to follow. (Work history should be listed with most current jobs at
the top)
􀂷 Resumes that have too much detail when talking about your previous duties are
a waste of your time. Duties are generally just sifted through. They are rarely
given very much attention, just enough to give the recruiter an idea of what you
have done in the past.
􀂷 Spelling and grammatical errors just proves that you are not very keen on

Dos and Don’ts

There are quite a few things that you should do and not do during an interview
that could make the whole thing a lot easier for both you and the interviewer. I have
listed them quickly in the table below.

Dos Don’ts

Arrive on time, or better yet 10 minutes
Be overly aggressive or egotistical
Refer to the interviewer by name. Spend too much time talking about
Smile and use a firm handshake. Act uninterested in the company or the
Be alert and act interested throughout. Act defensively when questioned about
Maintain eye contact at all times. Speak badly about past colleagues or
Make all comments in a positive manner. Answer with only yes or no.
Speak clearly, firmly, and with authority. Excuse your bad points about work
Except any refreshment offered. Excuse yourself halfway through the
interview, even if you have to use the
Promote your strengths. Ask for coffee or refreshments.

Your Cover Letter

Creating the perfect cover letter does not have to be difficult. Cover letters are
generally short and to the point. You should address your cover to someone in
particular. You should never address your cover letter with “To whom it may Concern”
or “Dear Sir/Madame” it is unprofessional and doesn’t show a genuine interest in the
company or the job.
The cover letter is the sole purpose for looking at the resume. If it is written
badly, the resume might not get a once over. In most cases, the resume is just as
important as the resume, so I have briefly written the right formation of one.
The cover letter should begin with a basic greeting and the position that you are
applying for. It should be nor more than 2 lines long. The second paragraph should be
a brief description of your qualifications and why you applied to work for them. The
closing should announce an interest in hearing from them soon, and a thank you for
their time. 

Here is a sample of a successful cover letter.

July 4, 2004
In regards to: The clerical position that is available.
Mr. Brown
3232 Jackson St.
Jackson City, FA
Attention: Mr. Joe Brown
Dear Mr. Brown,
This letter is in regards to the clerical position that is recently available in your
company. As my enclosed resume will show you, I have three years experience as a
During my career I have successfully integrated a new filing system for my previous
employer, Wayne Law Firm that increased their productivity by 33%. That filing system
is still in use there now, and has been integrated into two other companies.
I thank you for your time in reading this letter. I hope to hear from you once you have
had time to read my resume.
Enclosure (1)

The Restaurant Interview

Sometimes recruiters will ask you to conduct your interview during lunch or
dinner. It makes for a more relaxed setting for the recruiter, but you should remember
that it is still an interview, and your behavior must be in accordance to that.
During this type of interview, you should try to look at it as a relaxing way for
you to talk about and sell yourself to the recruiter. Making a little bit of small talk is
expected. Do not bring up the topic of the interview until the interviewer does. He/she
might want to get to know you a bit first.
Remember to talk about yourself, but do not get too personal. There are also
basic points of etiquette and common sense rules that you should follow as well. They
are as follows:
􀂷 Remember your basic table manners, like putting your elbows on the table etc.
􀂷 Always fold your napkin on your lap before eating.
􀂷 Do not order messy or sloppy foods. That includes finger foods like ribs, and
extremely large sandwiches. Avoid pastas with thick sauces, and French fries.
􀂷 Do not order the most expensive item on the menu either.
􀂷 Avoid alcoholic beverages if you can.
􀂷 When you get up to use the restroom, place your napkin on your chair or on the
arm of your chair.
􀂷 Common sense; don’t smack your lips or talk with your mouth full.
􀂷 Always excuse yourself if you plan to leave the table for any reason.
􀂷 Do not have your cell phone turned on.
􀂷 Continue to speak formally to your interviewer unless requested not to.
After your interview is over, be certain to thank the recruiter for the meal and their
time. Offer a firm handshake, and ask when you should expect to hear from them. It
shows confidence and a continued interest in the job. Send a thank you card that same

Closing the Interview

Once you have run the bases of the interview, it is still important that you end
the interview well. The hard part is over and now all that is left is for you close out the
interview in the same winning manner.
Wait until your interviewer stands up or requests that you do. Give your closing
greeting. Thank the interviewer for his taking the time to see you. Offer another firm
handshake, and ask when you might know when you might expect to hear from them
about their decision.

Extra Tips

With all of the information that was given in this manual, you would think that
you have learned everything that there is to know about acing an interview. However
there are still a few extra tips that you should know, and a few more helpful hints.
1. Market your skills and related experience in the field that you are applying for.
Be sure to do it in a way that is positive and not cocky.
2. Researching the company before your interview is a good way to know where
you would fit into it. It lets the employer know that you really want to be a part
of the company too.
3. Bring your list of questions with you in a folder with the company’s name on it
with you so that you don’t forget them. You should also keep your extra resumes
in there too.
4. You want to describe your weaknesses as strengths. For example, saying that
you are overenthusiastic about performing at your best.
5. Since many interviewers ask you what your biggest fault might be, you should
pick a fault that is actually a good thing. Try saying “I don’t take on projects that
I can’t give 110% on.
6. Let your interviewer bring up the topic of salary first.
7. Don’t volunteer your personal opinions to your interviewer about any subjects
unless you are asked.
8. Try to establish a good rapport with your interviewer. Be casual but professional,
and most importantly BE YOURSELF!

Common Interview Questions

Every interview compiles of the interviewer asking you a great deal of questions.
Many of them are standard questions that every interviewer asks. I’ve listed the most
common questions that you will encounter during an interview to help you get a handle
on them before you go to one. It is always good to be prepared.
By reading these common questions that interviewers ask, you will have a leg up
on the competition. You will also have time to prepare your answers so that you don’t
get stumped. 

So here is your key to acing a job interview.

1. Tell me something about yourself. Remember, say something positive.
2. How do handle stressful situations?
3. How do you deal with criticism and stress?
4. What is your definition of success?
5. Why do you think that you would fit in with this company? (This is where your
research comes in handy)
6. Have you ever been fired, and why?
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
8. Do you prefer to work on your own or as a team?
9. Why are you interested in working for this company?
10. How do you handle a difference of opinion with your colleagues or superiors?
11.Why should I hire you?

Common Questions When Applying for

Your First Job After College Graduation

1. Tell me what your most rewarding college experience was.
2. What extra curricular activities did you participate in?
3. What have you learned in college that applies directly to this job?
4. How have you prepared yourself for the transition from college to the
5. Are you going to graduate school? If so, do you plan to continue working as
6. How do you plan to manage graduate school and working?
7. Did you get any hands on experience in College?
8. How do you feel that college has prepared you for this job?
9. Have you ever done an internship that helped to prepare you for this type of
10.What do you think is the best asset that you could bring to the company?

Questions That You Should Ask Your


Just like you will be fielding questions from your interviewer, it is best to ask a
few of your own. It shows that you are genuinely interested in working there, and that
you have some concerns of your own. It also shows that you feel relatively certain that
this is the place for you.
Asking the right questions to your prospective employer will show him/her that
you are serious in you efforts to work for their company, and that you are an organized
individual. You should steer clear of asking any personal questions or any questions that
are not directly job related.
If you wish, you may jot down some of the answers that you are given for
reference later on. Keep your questions simple and polite. Make sure that you are
asking direct questions about the job and/or work environment.

Here are some questions that you should ask your prospective employer:

1. Why is this position available right now?
2. How many times has this position been filled in the past 5 years?
3. What should the new person do that is different from the last person that had
this position?
4. What would you most like to see done in the next 6 months?
5. What are the most difficult problems that this jobs entails?
6. How much freedom do I have in the decision making process?
7. What are my options for advancement?
8. How has this company succeeded in the past?
9. What changes do you envision in near future for this company?
10.What do you think constitutes success in this job?

Questions Employers Cannot Ask

Just like there are many questions that an interviewer can ask, there are many
that he cannot ask. Some questions are illegal to ask. Many people don’t realize that
there are off limit questions for employers. That is why I felt that it was important to
include them.
When or if you do encounter some of these questions there are ways that you
can choose to respond to them. Since some people would probably answer them, it is
good to know that you don’t have to answer those kinds of questions. You can simply
ask how those questions pertain to the job you’re applying for. 

Here is a list of the

questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask.

1. Questions about your age are not allowed during an interview because it should
not be a factor upon hiring you.
2. Questions about your marital status are inappropriate and can easily be mistaken
for sexual harassment. This question also applies to whether or not you have
children, your child care plans etc. This type of question also includes any other
aspect of your personal life that should not effect your chances of being hired.
3. Questions about your personal health are also off limits.
4. Questions about your ethnicity should not be asked by an interviewer or
answered by the person being given the interview.
5. Your sexual preference cannot be a factor in your chances of being hired either.
This type of question should not be asked.
6. Whether or not you have disabilities is a question that should not be asked
7. Your arrest record is information that doesn’t have to be answered. All an
interviewer can ask you is if you have ever been convicted of a crime, they
cannot ask you what for or how many times.
8. Basically, personal information cannot be asked by an interviewer. It is illegal,
and you do not have to respond.

The Post Interview Follow-up

Now that the interview is over, the hard work is over, but you still have to follow
up on the interview later. Sending a thank you note is the best way to start. The thank
you letter should be written with your thanks for their time and consideration in seeing
If you haven’t heard from the employer within a week, you should call the office
to ask if they have reached a decision yet. This is not being pushy; it shows your
enthusiasm and persistence. If they haven’t reached a decision, ask when you might
expect to hear from them. If they don’t give an answer try again in another week and
so on.

What Employers Are Looking For

When an employer decides to conduct an interview with you, there are certain
things that they are looking for from you. Naturally, you are likely to focus on these
things during an interview, but you should remember all of the tips in this manual
because following those tips is what is going to make the employers see all of those
things in you.
Since everybody wants to have a leg up when it comes to an interview, it
naturally seemed to be appropriate to let you in on what the employers are evaluating
you on during an interview. So here is that list.
􀂷 Your Enthusiasm: Employers want to know that you are willing and eager to
be a part of their company. Being fully stocked with knowledge about the
company is a sure fire way to show your enthusiasm.
􀂷 Your ability to speak clearly: If you approach an interview mumbling and
speaking slang, a prospective employer will not see you as a professional.
􀂷 Showing your teamwork skills: You should show an example of your ability
to work as a team during your interview.
􀂷 Leadership skills: You should show your leadership abilities by approaching
your interview with an offensive train of thought.
􀂷 Problem solving ability: Employers needs to know that you can handle
yourself when a problem arrives.
􀂷 Work related experience: You definitely want to show that you have some
experience in the field already, so that the employer knows that you will not be
􀂷 Community involvement: Employers love to see that you have done volunteer
work. It shows that you take pride in your community, and a willingness to be a
team player.
􀂷 Company knowledge: Again, this stipulates that employers like to see that you
have done your research about their company. It shows that your interest in
working for them is sincere.
􀂷 Flexibility: Employers want to know that you are able to go with the flow. It
proves that they can depend on you later.
􀂷 Ambition and Motivation: Ambitious people are generally motivated enough
to make great improvements in the company as they are working their way up
the ladder. Ambition usually means more money for the company.
􀂷 People skills: Your ability to get along with others is very important to an
employer. They need to know that you won’t ruffle any feathers when you are
􀂷 Professional appearance: Nobody wants a slob working in their office. Be
certain to dress appropriately for the job that you are applying for.
􀂷 Ability to Multitask: This is getting to be a very necessary skill in the
workplace. Most days, you will be required to multitask. Even if you are not,
employers need to know that you can do it without freaking out on them.
􀂷 Computer ease: These days, just about every company in the world is running
on computers. The ability to work a computer with at least minimal amount of
ease is important. It is best to keep a leg up on the most common software like
MS Office, Quark Express, and Linux.
􀂷 Reliability: Employers want dependable and reliable people to work for them.
Your ability to arrive on time is a good place to start when trying to prove that
you possess this quality.

Employer Evaluations

Employers are generally monitoring and evaluating you on three skill sets during
an interview. Those three skill sets can easily be broken down into these sections:

Content Skills

These are the skills that are directly related to performing a specific job in your
profession. You get these skills by learning your craft in an accredited school
through specialized training, work experience, attaining a degree, and internships.
This shows an employer that you are have acquired all of the knowledge that you
will need to perform your job efficiently.
If you do not have this type of skill available, you can simply express that you
are looking into specialized training, and/or would be willing to start. It may not be
exactly what the employer is looking for, but it shows that you show initiative.

Functional Skills

These are the skills that reflect your ability to work with others, and how you
incorporate data. This is where an employer decides whether or not you are a team
player. You can display this skill by displaying your past employment record and
accomplishments that are directly job related.
Generally an employer will get an idea of your ability to work with others
depending on your reasons for leaving previous jobs, whether or not your were fired
before etc. If you have been fired before, don’t lie about it, and do not act bitter
about it when discussing the reason, this will not benefit you in the end. Be
forthcoming and sincere. Express that it was a learning experience for you and tell
them what you learned from it. It reflects well on your temperament.

Adaptive Skills

This is a general show of your personality and temperament. It also covers your
self management skills. During your interview, the employer will be evaluating you
on your general ability to get along with him/her. Your general personality traits are
monitored during this time.
When faced with a difficult question, you do not want to get defensive or angry.
Just take a few seconds to think about what you should say rather than say
something you will regret. If you must; simply explain that you are little nervous so
that you can buy a few extra seconds to answer.
You want to appear at ease, (or as much so as you can) during your interview.
You want the employer to think that you anticipated everything that he/she is going
to say. Even if you are terrified at your replies, do not let them see you sweat.


By now, you have learned everything that you need to know before you enter into an
interview. During this manual, you have acquired the skills needed to get and ace any
interview that you go on. You have made the right move in choosing this manual as
your guide. As promised, you are going to approach your next interview with a leg up
on the competition. By now, you have learned to:
􀂷 Get the interview of your dreams
􀂷 How to prepare for the interview
􀂷 The best way to behave during an interview
􀂷 How to make a great first impression
􀂷 How to build the best resume for your dream job
􀂷 How to create a winning cover letter
􀂷 What to do during a restaurant interview
􀂷 How to dress for success
􀂷 How to close an interview
􀂷 What question you will be asked during an interview
􀂷 What questions you should ask during an interview
􀂷 What questions cannot be asked during an interview
􀂷 How to follow up on your interview
􀂷 What employers are directly looking for from you
You have learned everything that you need to know in this guide, and probably a
little more than that. Don’t worry; if you have read and used all of the information in
this manual, you have increased your chances of getting that job by 100%. If you
are due to have an interview, you’ve already learned how to ace the interview just
by reading this manual, so relax, and go get that job!