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6. Interview

Congratulations! You have networked and provided a resume that has their attention.  Let’s get ready for the interview.

 

Preparation:

Involve God thru prayer and scripture to guide you thru the interview.  He will show you if this is His will for you, or if there is something better waiting!  

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

·         Research the company

·         Be on time for the interview

·         Good grooming, proper dress, shoe shine, good posture

·         Leave your cell phone in the car or turn it off

·         Bring a copy of your resume and cover letter

·         Practice, Practice, Practice

·         Review job description/requirements

·         Prepare yourself for difficult questions

·         Prepare a list of questions to ask and take the list with you

 

What type of interview is this?  

 

·         HR

·         Hiring manager

·         One on one or a group

·         Face to face or telephone

 

Take breath mints!! No chewing gum!

 

If you have the opportunity to schedule the interview keep these things in mind.

 

  • 55.8% of the people hired were the last one to be interviewed
  • 17.6% of the first were the ones to be hired
  • The worst time to interview is late in the afternoon.

 

During the Interview:
The Do’s

 

  • Relax!  Deep Breath! Be yourself!
  • Firm handshake
  • Make good eye contact, but don’t stare.
  • Stay focused
  • Do not look at your watch, if tempted leave it in the car
  • Listen to questions.  Answer precisely. Take notes.
  • Be positive!
  • Avoid lengthy personal conversations unless invited to do so
  • Answer questions honestly. Your answers must support your resume.

  

The Don’ts

 

  • Don’t be negative!
  • Don’t trash old job/boss. If asked a question that requires a negative response, answer shortly and redirect to a positive conversation. Don’t dwell on it.
  • Don’t talk too much. Let interviewer lead the conversation. Don’t interrupt!
  • Take the initiative during the quiet moments to ask questions.

 

Most interviews are conducted by people that are as uncomfortable about the process as you are. Most interviewers are not trained to do interviews and usually would rather be doing something else.  Take the initiative to ask your questions when they seem to be struggling with the interview.

 

Your interview is a two way conversation!

  • Ask your questions
  • Review your list.
  • This is your opportunity to learn about the company.

What is the culture like?

Is it growing?

Is there room for advancement?

What is the hiring manager’s management style?

What is the morale like?

Do not bring up salary, vacation, PTO, benefits

 

Answers to your questions will help you identify if this is a place that you want to work or avoid. You don’t want to have to be looking for another job in 90 days!

 

Questions will affirm to the interviewer your interest and enthusiasm in the job and that you have prepared for the interview.

 

Salary:  Let them start the salary conversation. If you can, let them make the first offer. Do not volunteer a number. Be prepared to counter their offer if the number is below your expectations and explain your reasoning.

 

Sell yourself, but avoid being arrogant!

 

Talk about your future with the company and avoid focusing on the past.

 

End of the Interview:

 

Ask for the job if it is the hiring manager!

If you are not interviewing with the hiring manager, ask what the next steps in the process are?  What will the timing be?  Let them know that you want to proceed with the process, and that you are very interested in the job. Explain that you think you are a good match and will make a great addition to their company.

Be enthusiastic!

 

Most people go to an interview, answer questions, show no enthusiasm, do very little preparation, don’t ask any questions, and then leave not knowing where they stand or what happens next. This is frustrating! This is your chance to shine!

 

After the Interview:

 

Follow-up!  Pick one and do it!

 

  • Call the interviewer
  • Send an email
  • Write a note thanking them for their time, reaffirm your interest in the job, and express your interest in the meeting.

 

Large companies may have you interview several times and with different people and in different departments. They will compare notes after the interviews, so keep your conversation factual. Visiting other departments give you a unique opportunity to learn more about the company, so ask questions. If the initial opportunity does not work out, then you may be hired by someone in another department. Keep your options open. Avoid getting caught in inter-company gossip!

 

  • Be prepared, the process can take weeks or months. Be patient and follow-up!
  • Do not quit networking because even if you think the interview went well and think you have the job, anything can happen to delay or cancel the position.
  • Some companies will require IQ/personality testing
  • All companies will require an alcohol/drug test prior to employment
  • Most companies do back ground checks.

 

Be careful what you post on your face book and my space web sites!

 

Remember to keep praying for God’s guidance in your job search.

 

Take advantage of this time in your life to begin or renew your relationship with Jesus Christ.  We encourage you to read Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. This is also a great time to check out the other ministries at The Church at Battle Creek. Get plugged in a place to serve.