The first step was sending your application in (well done!). Now, after reviewing your information, the company wants you to come in for a face-to-face interview. Its exciting and frightening at the same time, but
there’s no need to worry if you follow some simple steps to prepare yourself.
During the interview, most employers will want to know more about you since the resume only gives them the basic information such as the person’s name, age, address, contact number, social security number, past and current employment.
The employer will likely ask about your job experience, lessons learned and accomplishments during your working life. This will usually include how you handled a situation in another company, what challenges you overcame and your relationships with past co-workers.
Some Typical Questions:
1. Why do you want to work here?
2. Why should be hire you over all the others?
3. In your working career, what do you feel was your greatest achievement?
4. In your working career, what do you feel was your worst moment and how did you handle it?
5. If hired, where do think you will be in 5 to 10 years?
A Little Research Goes a Long Way.
Show your initiative by doing a little homework before the interview. Check online for the following information; Is the company publicly traded or privately owned? If they are publicly traded, what is the current stock price? How are their financials? Do they look like a healthy company? You can also get this information from many different sources. You don’t have to understand all this information, it just shows the potential employer that you were interested (and thorough) enough to research this information on your own. Believe it or not, I got my first big job at a high-tech firm by knowing this information. The general manager was impressed that I knew how much the company was spending each year on research and development.
Companies follow a certain budget in hiring qualified personnel which is why the interviewer will ask how much one desires to get for the job. If what is being asked is too high, the employer will usually ask if the salary is open to negotiation. You should already have a good idea as to what the position pays. Your training, education and job experience will be factors in determining where you fall in the salary scale.
After the employer asks questions, room is usually given for you to ask questions in return. This is the best time learn a little bit more about the company and to get a feel of what it has to offer from an insiders perspective. Ask the interviewer about their benefits (insurance coverage, pension plan, 401k, etc.), also ask about vacation time and work schedules.
If there are no more questions, the interviewer will end the meeting and call you back if the initial interview went well. Some companies will put you through several interviews before they make their decision. Remember, have patience, be friendly (not fake) and always treat everyone you meet with respect.