Preparing for Your Job Interview

Prepare For Interview
Have you recently landed a job interview, from one of the job listings that you applied to?  If you have, when is your interview scheduled?  If your interview is scheduled to take place in a few days or even in a few hours, are you prepared for it?
  What you may not know is that most job applicants aren’t.  To make sure that you are prepared for your interview, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to hiring an applicant, there are many interviewers who do place a large focus on personal appearance.  This focus on personal appearance doesn’t just focus on beauty, but hygiene as well.  Employers want to hire workers who will give their business a good public perception. That is why it is important that you give that good perception, especially in an interview.  When attending a job interview, you will want to make sure that you are professionally dressed, either in a pant suit or a dress.  Make sure that your hair is well kept as well.  In fact, you may want to think about buying a new outfit or getting your hair done before your interview is scheduled to take place. 

Before your interview, you may also want to make a trip to the store to purchase some needed supplies, if you don’t already own them. These supplies may include a notebook, writing utensils, and a thank you note. As for the notebook and a writing utensil, you may want to take notes during your interview.  If you applied to more than one job listing, you may have multiple interviews scheduled.  Taking notes during your interviews will help you keep all of them straight.  Also, taking notes during a job interview makes you look as if you are more interested in the job.  It is also shows a side of you that says “I am professional and always prepared.” 

As for the thank you note, which was mentioned above, you will want to send a thank you note to your interviewer.  A thank you note may also help to create a good, positive impression of yourself.  With thank you notes, many have intentions of sending them, but not everyone ends up doing so. Having a standard thank you note already filled out and ready to go is ideal.  In fact, you may also want to drop it off at the post off right after your interview has been completed.  Of course, make sure that you don’t drop it off beforehand.  Should the mail be delivered early or your interview needs to be rescheduled, you may be embarrassed with the early delivery of a thank you note, for an interview that never even occurred yet.

As you likely already know, job interviews are where hiring employers are able to learn as much as they can about you. This is often done by asking a series of questions. The questions that you are asked during a job interview will tend to vary, but most are likely focused around your goals and your work ethics.  For instance, you may be asked to describe you strengths and your weaknesses, your goals in life, your desire to move up the corporate ladder and such.  Even if these questions are expected to be asked, it can be nerve-wracking when they are actually asked. That is why you may want to do a number of practice interviews.  These practice interviews work best with another person, like a family member or a friend, but you can also do them by yourself, like in front of a mirror.  Practicing your responses before a job interview is one of the best ways to make sure that your answers come out exactly the way that you wanted them to.

The above mentioned preparation tips are just a few of the many that you may find useful, when it comes to preparing for a job interview.  If you are hoping to schedule multiple interviews, you may want to invest in resource guides that focus on successfully mastering the interview process, as that interview process is often the deciding factor in whether or not you get hired.


Questions to Ask During a Job Interview


Have you recently been contacted for a job interview?  If so, you may be pretty excited.  When it comes to getting a new job or starting a new career, an interview is the first step towards success.  The only problem is that many interviewees end up making costly mistakes during their interviews.  One of those mistakes is by not asking any questions.  You are advised against doing this.  Not asking any questions during a job interview gives the impression that you are not a leader, just a follower.  That is not the type of impression that you want to make.

When it comes to asking questions during a job interview, you may be wondering what type of questions you should ask.  Before examining the type of questions that you should ask, it may be best to focus on the type of questions that you shouldn’t ask.  For one, you are advised against asking about the pay or raises, like when they kick in. Salary is something that should be brought up by the interviewer.  If and when salary is discussed, you may want to ask about raises, but it is advised that you refrain from doing so, at least right away.

In keeping with questions that you should not ask, many employers give their job applicants information about their company, like a company brochure or a link to their online website.  You are advised to thoroughly examine all of the information given to you, whether that information be online or in print. This will prevent you from asking questions that you should already know the answers to.  Asking a question about the history of the company, when you were already given detailed history information, gives the impression that you did not read through the materials given to you.  This is not the type of first impression that you want to make.

Now that you know some of the questions that you do not want to ask during a job interview, you may want to focus on some of the questions that you can ask, or at least ones that are considered “safe,” to ask.  One of those questions is about the average workday or workweek.  For instance, ask if you were hired for the job, what would your workdays or workweeks be like? What type of tasks would you be required to complete? 

Another question that you may want to ask during a job interview is about the company’s future?  Are there any plans for expansion?  How does the company rate against the competition?  These are interesting questions that show that you want to work for a successful company, one that will be around for a long period of time.  Asking about the stability of a company gives a good impression of yourself, as it often means that you are also looking for stability.

You may also want to ask the interviewer some personal questions, but do not go too personal.  Trying asking them about how they like working for their company.  Ask about when they started working for the company and what level did they start at.  If they advanced, ask if it was relatively easy to do?  Does the company in question tend to promote from the inside up or do they hire new employees?  This may get you on a personal level with the interviewer, which tends to make your interview more memorable.

The above mentioned questions are just a few of the many that you may want to ask an interviewer during a job interview.  In all honesty, you are advised to use your best judgment when asking questions, but it is important that you do ask at least some.


Resume Tips to Help You Land That Job


Are you looking for a new job or a new career?  If you are, have you already started using the internet or your local newspapers to find jobs?  If you have, you may be at the applying stage. The applying stage of job hunting is perhaps the most important part.  Many times, you are only required to send in a job application or submit your resume.  Since your face and your personality will not originally be seen, you will need to let your resume to all of the work for you. That is why it is extremely important that your resume is professional looking. A few tips that you may want to keep in mind when making your resume are outlined below.

As a reminder, your resume is the first thing that an employer will see.  If you apply for a job that you saw advertised online or in your local newspaper, there is a good chance that you will not be submitting your resume in person.  Although it isn’t always fair, many employers categorize their applicants solely on their resumes.  That is why it is extremely important that you thoroughly review your resume before turning it into hopeful employers.  In most cases, the resume is what makes or breaks an applicant’s chance of getting the job that they were seeking.

Perhaps, the most important tip to remember, when creating a new resume for yourself or reviewing your current resume, is the appearance.  Many people mistakenly believe that they stand the best chance if their resume stands out.  Yes, you want your resume to stand out, but in a good way; a professional way.  At all costs, you will want to try and avoid colored paper and flashy, hard to read print.  As stated above, many employers categorize their applicants by their resumes.  Having an unattractive, unprofessional resume is the quickest way to get your resume into that “don’t bother,” pile.

It is also advised that you tailor your resume to the job that you are applying to, or at least the industry that you are hoping to get into. For instance, if you are looking for a job in retail, your resume objective may want to mention “looking for a career in a faced paced retail environment,” or such.  Tailoring your resume to each specific job will help to keep you one step above the competition.  There are many hiring employers who wonder if their applicants even read through the job listing before applying.  You do not want to be one of those applicants.  Outlining the need for a job in the construction industry, while applying for a job in the retail industry is another quick way to get your resume into that “don’t bother,” pile. 

Another tip that you will want to remember, when it comes to making a nice, professional resume, is length.  Yes, you want to make sure that your resume includes as much information as it can, but you will want to make sure that it isn’t jam packed with information.  If, at all possible, you are advised to keep your resume around one or two pages long.  Be sure to include all applicable information, like your work history and your education. When outlining your previous work experience and your education, you want to include the basic information, just that.  Anything else can further be discussed in an interview.  Many employers hate reading long resumes, especially when the information isn’t always applicable.

The above mentioned tips should be able to help you create a professional resume; one that will be looked at.  If you are not dropping your resume off in person, you will want to create a cover letter for yourself.  A cover letter should be short and to the point. Outline the job that you are applying for, the experience that you have which makes you a good candidate, and ask the hiring employer to see your attached resume for additional information. 


Searching for a Job?  How to Find Job Listings


Are you looking for a career change or are you currently unemployed?  If you are, you will need to find a new job. As you likely already know, you have a number of different options when it comes to finding a job.  However, you may be curious as to what all of your options are.

When it comes to finding a new job, one of the first places that you should look is in your local newspapers.  Many newspapers, including those that are distributed on a daily and weekly basis, have classified sections. These sections often tend to include an employment section. In that area, there should be job listings available. While many job listings vary, you should be able to get a little bit of information about the job in question, the experience required, as well as instructions on how you can go about applying for the job.

You can also find job listings by using the internet.  When using the internet, there are a number of different approaches that you can take.  One of those approaches involves using websites that are sometimes referred to as career websites or job hunting websites.  These are websites that partner with employers, to give you accurate and up-to-date information on job listings. What is nice about using online career websites or job hunting websites that they are free and easy to use.  You can also choose to have your resume posted online. This is nice because it allows employers to find you, instead of it only being the other way around.

In addition to using online career websites or job hunting websites, you can also use the internet to find information on available jobs by visiting websites where changing careers or finding jobs are being discussed.  Many times, these websites come in a message board format; a format where internet users, just like you, are able to share the information that they come across.  These types of websites may not have as much information as professional career or job hunting websites, but they may have just what you are looking for.

You can also find job listings by attending career fairs, which are also commonly referred to as job fairs. These types of functions are when a number of employers set up booths, often in a large public place, like a shopping center.  When attending a career fair, new job seekers, just like you, are able to visit each booth and learn more about the company in question. If you bring your resume with you, you may even get an interview right on the spot.  In fact, some career fair employer participants have been known to hire new employees at career fairs too!

Depending on where you live, you may also have a career center in or around the city or town that you live in. Some cities have their own career centers, but the county that you live in should have at least one. Career centers are establishments that you can visit to get help with finding a job.  Many of those on unemployment are required to visit career centers on a regular basis, but you may want to do so even if you are not on unemployment. Most careers centers are staffed with workers who can help you look for a job, determine if you are qualified for it, and so on. Also, most career centers have internet access, which can be used to search for job listings.  This means that if you don’t have internet access at home, you will definitely want to look into visiting your local career center.

The above mentioned approaches are just a few of the many ways that you can go about finding job listings.  Additional approaches that you may want to take involve contacting local businesses, word of mouth, and so on.  For the best chance of success, you are advised to try one or more of the above mentioned methods to find job listings; job listings that you may be qualified for.

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