Acing The Interview




A young executive was nervously biting her nails oblivious of her fate after a few more minutes for the crucial interview that will let to her dream States with a multi-million dollar opportunity. Are you also on the same wave-length to her having butterflies in your stomach before the interview. Here are a few tips to make the proper impression without biting your nails.

Here are a few tips before your first interview.

I) Make a good "first impression".

"You never have a second chance to make a first impression", the Americans say, and is dramatically true. The first impression you have created in your party you will always be stuck on him: be it your wife or husband, or your head, surely those around you remember the feelings that attracted you in the first few moments of your knowledge. There are some things obvious, but important, as not to be late and not have a panting sweaty hand not to create an unfavorable impression, but there is generally the first "phase" of the interview carefully prepared.

An interview in fact, usually has four stages: the "warm up", or heating, the examination of the candidate, "cross-examination" by the candidate, and the closing. The "warm-up" can last 2-3 minutes, compared with 20 examination, 10 of the cross-examination and closing 4-5, but those two minutes can greatly influence the rest.

In about one third of the talks, in fact, the good interviewer has already "cut" mentally the candidate after the pleasantries: and only in rare cases will then backtrack in the face of a more detailed evaluation. To make a good "warm up" we must be quiet, curious and reliable, but we must also try to establish a good personal understanding with the breeder.

Without pimps, a sincere smile, a joke, an observation that plays down the conversation are always welcome: if the candidate is tense, even the breeder does not relax, you do not "enjoy" the interview. Just a few small talk to show that we are people who are open and available, and the other party will reward there. I shall be brief pleasantries, though, because otherwise the selector will think that we are beating around the bush, or that we are talkers.


II) Prepare on your weaknesses

The second part of the interview, do not hide it, a real exam. Your skills and your personality will roam thoroughly, looking for any deficiencies. Since none of us is perfect, something bad will surface, we realize it or not, the problem is how to ensure that the breeder does not judge our whole person in the light of the weak points, but you get to consider them "in "minor. What to do? The answer is apparently simple: playing in advance, recognizing our gaps, setting them in their true light, and demonstrating how we were able to compensate.

So as not to be labeled according to its apparent weaknesses, you should: a) provide that we are required to speak b) admit the plausibility serenely c) frame them in a more extensive way d) show that, being aware, we have already ourselves found the antidote to the potential risks that these handicaps are.


III) Find out about the company.

Always remember that one of your goals, in the interview, is to break down the distance between you and the recruiter, and off the image of inexperienced student of the world. Best shape you will, for example, if you say: "summarize the information that I have about your company, and the image that, superficially, I have done: can you please correct me and integrate?" And at this point you have to leave , without making it too long, the market and the competitive context (competitors, rules of the game, positioning), mention that you know the size, structure and products, mention the changes that are taking place in the business, and (only if you have some ideas significant) mention as "do you see things" for the company in question.

On this basis, the dialogue will continue "equal", and the recruiter will have the impression of dealing with a person who knows what he wants, he knows programming, knows how to learn before you speak, and finally seems to have a little "home" in company. Learn about the life of large companies is not difficult, while for the medium you should speak to the press or associations or, better, do a "word of mouth" to know someone who works there. Maybe a little 'complicated, but it is worth: in particular the less well-known companies, to meet a person informed about their situation is always shot.


IV) Tranquil and smiling.

Do not worry if you are a bit 'nervous before the interview, a good breeder will put you at ease and establish a relaxed atmosphere. It is important that you contribute a smile and a calm attitude shows that you know withstand stress well, and besides, who would take a bow as a colleague? However, make sure the voltage is also an essential defense mechanism that allows you to mobilize and make the most of all its resources. Those who let themselves go, and switch to being too relaxed, shows little "tightness" and often ends up making mistakes. Be available and happy does not mean losing the constant control of the situation.


V) Neither be naive, or perhaps be sitting excessively.

Be honest and trusting the other party does not mean prove naïve nor confidant not to been talking, but you're talking about with a clear goal and a person who will judge you for the way you pursue this goal. So, without distorting the facts, you have a good opportunity, telling us about yourself, to show how you know grasp and master the complexity of reality, and as you know, analyze and interpret the facts with realism and sense of opportunity. Who knows how to sell himself well will sell well, the company where he works.

Above all, however, do not behave to what you are not: those who pose great manager at age 24, who still wants to play a role bigger than himself, who, in general, pretentious attitudes or seductive aims to impress the recruiter, will encounter a gentle mockery by the latter and often do not even notice. It is also a good idea to avoid giving opinions or making statements extremist drastic or too original. Maybe it's not nice, but companies like the more nuanced tones that those too vivid, and appreciate the balance that the provocation were it more brilliant. Be in control, therefore, superlatives, exclamation points and fists on the table.


VI) Think positive, creative and concrete.

But what are the most important characteristics that companies look for in future employees? That self-image must try to give? Obviously each position to be filled, every business and every recruiter will have their subjective preferences, but there is a requirement that is absolutely universal: the work it takes people who speak little, and pull the cart. All of them, without exception, primarily want with them real people, proactive and active, they think about how to solve problems, not to comment on or complicate them. Better a simple but reliable person, that an intellectual lazy. So, in the conversation must never be sound plaintive, theorists, passive.

Never blame any of its failures to someone else, never to comment fatalists or appear selfish, quirky, bureaucrats or blame: generosity in the company may not always rewarded, but always required. Better look a little 'arruffoni that narrow-minded: if you want to join the company, on your forehead must be written in blood "I do not pull back


VII) Speak up, please.

Even in the "examination" Talk does not have a predetermined process: gather some essential information, the recruiter will particularly affect you talk to understand how to argue, how you interact, as polemizzate, what opinion you have of yourself and your surroundings, what aspirations you have and how you want to reach them.

If you do not speak, if you answer as he questions if never take the initiative of the speech, he will make you an opinion mediocre or worse, no opinion. So, motivated and developed your answers and clarified yourself what may appear ambiguous, before there is required. Speak well also means not to talk too much: the synthesis is one of the most under appreciated in the company, why should the most information in the shortest time possible is to have method, logical rigor and expressive capabilities.


VIII) Beware of the language.

The risks of misunderstanding, in the interview, or may result from an unnatural attitude of the candidate, which projects a false image and therefore incomprehensible for himself, or by a marked dystonia languages ​​between recruiter and candidate. The first, sometimes forgets to have anything to do with a person who knows little or nothing while the second, at times, gives an image of himself more immature than necessary because it remains tied to modes of expression, a purely academic jargon and perhaps, in addition, provincial and naive. Thus, to speak of "firm" when dealing with a large company, or dwell on exams or the professors, who speaks psychologically away from the breeder who listens.

It is important to go to the talks having already digested an essential business vocabulary: you do not need to know exactly what the customer satisfaction, or the matrix structure, or stocks, foreign exchange risk, the 'engineering, operations or trade marketing, or many other things, but we must be able to understand more or less what it is, at least for what concerns our field of interest: an engineer can ignore what is before the treasury, but not what is the handling, and vice versa for a degree in economics. Otherwise, as we slide into the silence so dangerous that we have mentioned, if we are caught off guard by some word unknown to us, rather than nod might want to ask stupid air, with a little 'chutzpah "but, in your specific situation, what do you mean exactly ...? ".


IX) Remember who you are facing.

The recruiter is interested as you are to the success of the interview: to find someone to hire, and if that someone was you would have ended his effort. It is therefore an aseptic examiner and is more an ally than an enemy. Nothing so irritates him more than a suspicious attitude or unwillingness on your part if captures fear, ambiguity or perceived "cunning" in your attitude with him, tend to think - and rightly so - that these are your features in each type of interpersonal relationships.

If you are asking questions "bad", which aim to get in trouble, do not worry because in principle means that the conversation is going well: talks harder and more aggressive the good breeder makes them with people who are interested in, while rapid and kind used to settle who is clearly inadequate.


X) Non-verbal communication: the clothes, gestures, voice and gaze

In an interview, not just the words that matter: our whole body communicates, and not only that. Our interlocutor hears us also by sight and by touch (hopefully not with the sense of smell!). Our gestures, our eyes, the tone of our voice confirm, complement or contradict our statements. The way we dress, where we greet, where we sit can make a decisive contribution in forming the judgment on us. Our non-verbal communication is much less controllable than verbal, as more instinctive; see, however, some simple steps to not complicate our lives:.

How To Dress

In the U.S. there is even a book ("Dress for Success") that explains what the best way to dress for every meeting: what socks to use, such as ties, etc. .. Do not overdo it: but there is no doubt that our image is also given by our clothing. Basically, we "choose" to dress like that. For the interviews, it is important to also look, a feeling of reliability and professionalism: the imagination or originality in this case are the "optional" at risk. We must not dress casually, because it would give the impression of immaturity, and should be avoided accessories, makeup or garish colors too, even though it is not appropriate "men age" too, wearing clothes for the occasion improbable fifty remedied somewhere.

Girls are obviously given more freedom, and it is generally appreciated a certain elegance, while males are more tied to the "suits", and it is good that they have looked too "prissy" which makes it unpleasant, unless the interview takes place in reality that apparently give much importance. In addition to what you are wearing, be careful how you wear it: nothing too loose and baggy clothes, no collars loosened tie, no dandruff on the collar, nothing dirty eyeglasses: an appointment is important, one arrives scruffy will be judged (not wrongly) surface, messy or just smart.

To provide references may be a teacher who knows you or a family friend who owns a business. If the prospective employer asks you for references may be an indication that he is interested to hire you. Before mentioning the people who could provide references on you, make sure they are willing to do so.

When you do not get the call in an interview with a prospective employer, leave a business card, preferably the size of 10 by 15 centimeters, including full name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief description of your skills and abilities. On the back of the ticket, if it is appropriate, you could even put your photo. Spread the ticket to all those who could help you find work and ask them to give it to anyone they know who provide the type of work you are looking for. If you read the ticket is a prospective employer, he may call you for an interview and possibly hire you.

Prepare a resume will make you feel more in control. Building a curriculum helps you to organize thoughts and goals. It also helps you to feel more confident, because you already have in mind the answers to some questions that might be asked during an interview.

To find a job it takes perseverance and systematic research

Frequently asked questions in job interviews
Why have you applied for this job?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What do you know of this job, the company and the industry in which it operates?
has already done this kind of work?
What equipment is able to use?
What work experience have in this field?
What are your skills and abilities for this job?
Tell me about yourself.
Describe your personality in five words.
Can you work under pressure?
Why did you leave your last job ?
Because it's been unemployed for so long?
What is your opinion of her was the last employer?
How many absences did at work?
What are your future goals?
when he can start working?
What are your strengths?

Prepare well for the interview,

What should I do to prepare for an interview? You may collect information about the company for which you hope to work. More information about know the business, the better the impression you will make during the interview. This quest for information will also help you determine if the company really has the kind of job you are looking for and if you want to work for it.

Then think about what you will wear for the interview. If your job is manual you wear appropriate clothing, clean and tidy. Appropriate clothing and personal appearance can tell the employer that if you take care of your person is more likely that you take care of your work. If you are looking for an office job choose clothes suitable for the field of work, such as a suit and tie. Nigel says: "Choose the clothes well in advance so you do not do things in a hurry and unnecessarily increase the stress before the interview."

You get to talk with about a quarter of an hour in advance. Naturally, coming too early is not good, but being late could be disastrous. Experts say that the first three seconds of the interview are crucial. In those moments the personnel officer will make an assessment of your appearance and your behavior, which will affect greatly on the opinion that it will make you. If you arrive late, the impression will be decidedly negative. Remember that there are other opportunities to change a first impression.

Keep in mind also that the breeder of the staff is not the enemy. After all, he probably had to apply for his job, so he knows how you feel. Indeed it may be that he feels nervous, maybe because he knows little or nothing about how to conduct an interview. In addition, if the selector is also the employer may have a lot to lose if you take the wrong person.

A professional attitude will help you during the interview

For a good start to the interview, smile and give a handshake to the breeder, if this is the customary greeting in your area. During the interview, keep in mind what are the requirements of the employer and what are your skills. In this regard, Nigel says: "You are compounds: a correct position creates confidence. Do not be too casual or too talkative and avoid absolutely swear words. Also, do not make negative comments about previous employers and colleagues if they speak bad the breeder will probably think that you will do the same, speaking of his company. "

As for things to do and say during the interview the experts give the following suggestions: Keep eye contact with the interviewer, make natural gestures when you speak and you have a good diction. Be concise and honest when you answer and ask questions of relevance to the company and the jobs on offer. At the end of the interview, if you still want the job, do this. In this way, show your enthusiasm.

Applying the practical tips above can give you manage to find a job soon. If so, what can you do to increase your chances of not losing it?

What about the placement agencies online?

Enter your resume on the Internet increases the number of potential employers aware of your search, but be careful: they increase the chances of becoming a victim of a scam. To protect against this possibility specialists give the following advice:

1. Read the privacy policy, or rules of privacy, of recruitment agency online before you place your resume on the agency website. Some online agencies sell your personal information to marketing companies or third parties.

2. Enter your resume only on the site of a few trusted agencies online. It is essential to protect your personal information because they are not misused. Your resume should not contain the information required for a fraudster to steal your identity and cause you endless economic problems. Employers serious do not need to know the number of your bank account, your credit card or your birth date.

3. Beware of vague job offers .The offer is usually more generic is less serious. "Vague phrases like 'We have thousands of jobs' or 'We work with major companies' are a wake-up call, even requests to send a new copy of your resume should warn you" .

Remember that even the best agencies online are not able to control how your resume will be used after it has been downloaded by a prospective employer or others.








1. Play well with the call for the appointment: The interview begins from there. If you find yourself in a situation rather inappropriate to talk about, say frankly and suggest another time. Avoids answering in monosyllables or shouting to overcome the noise of the traffic. If the appointment is agreed by e-mail, so be on time responses and care communication (opening, greetings, etc.).

2. Arrive on time: I question the need to say more. If for unforeseen reasons loke trains can delay for twenty minutes which is not unexpected and you're late, notify those who is waiting for you. Upon arrival, apologize but do not give this part more space than you need (just don’t say I’m sorry I was late, I forgot to look at my watch or if you broke the machine you do not need to recount word for word all the phone calls you made, what you said the mechanic, etc.).If you're early, identify the location of the interview, take a ride in the area and return at the agreed time.

3. Present "open face”: Look into the eyes of people who greet you, exchange handshakes (no hands or tongs of soft cheese) and smile to those in front of you. A bit 'of emotion is always there. If after the first presentations you realize that there is too much, rather than starting a conversation with the heartbeat, ask for a glass of water.

4. Clothes and preparation for the occasion: what is the proper attire depends on the context, by the company and the position for which you propose. In some circles the dress coordinated with tie is a must for the kids, as well as complete for girls. In the more creative ones, a quirky style is always appreciated. Try to understand what is the level of formality of the company to which you propose, and if in doubt you are a cut above. Do not neglect hair, makeup, accessories and perfume (eye to the deadly wake of vanilla).

5. Put everything in a positive note, even criticism : do not make a big impression if unroll acidic criticism of colleagues, employers, clients ... This does not mean hiding sides of dissatisfaction of on-going or past experiences, as your chances of growth. " My boss does not understand that we work as a decade ago and does not want to spend on training "sounds much less promising "looking for a more challenging and open to new things, that allows me to be up to date and improve the quality of what I do. "Or" Among my colleagues there are a couple that can not stand, it seems that everything they do is a secret "should become" I think the only way to grow is to work in a transparent and sharing knowledge, especially among colleagues ".

6. Get ready answers to the most classic questions: are usually those that affect motivation. ”Why would you want to work here? ". Get ready answers for the questions most awkward. ”What is the activity that has operated with less success, and why?”.

7. Well designed the website and the rest of corporate communication: there are details that are immediately empathize. Use the same language, refer to an event at which the company has played a little and so on. In short, being already close to perceive a good understanding future.

8. Not contradict you: most likely the interview will not be one, but there will be at least two meetings, perhaps with different people. Within the same interview, there may be more probing questions look the same. Always remember to be consistent with what you wrote in your CV and to keep the same version of events in the various meetings.

9. If you decide to lie about what you know, keep in mind that - if all goes well - up to you to learn quickly: the situation of the interview is like a party game. No one expects that the candidate says it all and only the truth. Being brilliant and 'sell' a bit 'better than what it is is not a minus. But do not overdo it. If then you are put to the test - for example with a short test - or if the interview is the beginning of a professional collaboration, you can immediately compromise the trust to you or put you in embarrassing situations.

10. Talk about money, but not in the first ten minutes ... Here, too, depends very much on the business environment, there are often different styles. As a general rule, from this aspect the right space. If you have any expectations, flaws present and go to the bottom of all the points you want to clear (contract, benefits, growth plans, etc.). But do not make the main subject of the meeting or the first question is as soon as you pass the ball.






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