Eshé-Rae Adams, PHR June, 2014
Eshé-Rae Adams, PHR
10 things to do before your interview
Job Interview – Do’s and Don’ts
Did you know?
Types of Interview Questions
Review your resume
Develop your own questions
Dress for success
Practice positive visualization
Be sure you know what is on your resume
Update your resume
Ask someone to review your resume
Revisit from the employer’s point view
o What was it that caught their eye?
• Specialized experience
• Unique training or certifications
• Steady history
Visit the company’s website
• Key People
• Latest press releases
• Company’s annual report
Gather as much information as you can
Visit sites such as Glassdoor.com and LinkedIn
Knowledge is power
Makes you more confident
Learn knowledge of company products, services, protocols
Show you are proactive and have an eye for detail
You will leave a positive impression
How can you rehearse for something that doesn’t have a
Be prepared to discuss your past positions, responsibilities and
accomplishments. Highlight your professional strengths.
Ask your child, spouse or friend to role play. Practice will help
you become more confident with your answers.
You should also interview the company
The interview shouldn’t be an interrogation
“How much do I get paid?” should never be your first question
Ask questions that show you understand the job
Pick up on the interviewer’s comments and ask relevant
An interview is a performance and everyone plays a different
role. You are the successful job prospect. Play the part.
Whether male or female a conservative business suit (black,
gray, navy blue) is recommended for an interview.
Appear polished (nails, hair, make-up, etc.)
Picture yourself in the interview across from the interviewer
Picture yourself relaxed, comfortable and on top of your game
The day before your interview gather your materials so they
are ready to go:
Extra copies of your resume
Pad and Pen
Portfolio of your work or projects (if applicable)
Additional information, if requested (transcripts, etc.)
Go to bed at a decent time
Set your alarm
33 percent of employers say they know within the first 90
seconds of an interview whether they will hire you?
47 percent of employers say having little to no knowledge of
the company is the most common mistake job seekers make in
65 percent of employers say clothes could be the deciding
factor between two similar candidates.
Top 10 Common mistakes
Conveying that you are not over it
Lacking humor or personality
Inadequate research about the potential
Concentrating too much on what you want
Trying to be all things to all people
“Winging” the interview
Failing to set yourself apart from other
Failing to ask for the job
Common non-verbal mistakes
Lack of eye contact
Using too many hand gestures
Handshake that is too weak
Fidgeting too much
Statistics show that when meeting new
people the impact is:
7% what you actually say
38% quality of voice, grammar and
55% how you are dressed
5 questions most likely to be asked:
Tell me about your experience
Why do you want to work for us?
What do you know about our company?
What was your reason for leaving your last
Tell me about yourself
Behavioral Questions – Past actions is a predictor on how you may act in the future
Example: “Describe a time when you confronted a difficult problem or situation during a
Situational Questions – Similar to behavioral, but asks you to speak about how you would
handle a situation in the future.
Example: “How would you respond to a co-worker who has a negative attitude during a
Skills Test - Some competitive companies my put candidates through skills tests involving
use of a skill that relates to the job or logical reasoning. Some tests are measured up to
specific standards (benchmarks) and others may be to test your creativity or your
performance under pressure.
Not every interview will be a success
Don’t take it personally
Its not about you its about the company and their needs
You should leave every interview knowing you were fully prepared
You can increase your chances of success by presenting a professional,
prepared, and confident you.
GO TURN AN INTERVIEW INTO A JOB OFFER!