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Career - Interview Tips

Sentient HR Services provides Human Resources Services to the Child Care and Education Fields.

 

Here are some simple steps to follow when preparing for an interview.

 

Phone interview

 

  • Make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position.
  • Do know what job you are interviewing for.
  • Keep all of your employer research materials within easy reach of the phone.
  • Have a notepad handy to take notes.
  • Turn off your stereo, TV, and any other potential distraction.
  • Smiling always helps you in every situation. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
  • Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
  • Take your time, it is perfectly acceptable to take a moment to collect your thoughts.
  • Do give accurate and detailed contact information in your cover letter so your interviewers can easily connect with you.
  • When being interviewed by phone, do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes, take notes, and concentrate.
  • Give short answers.
  • Do create a strong finish to your phone interview with thoughtful questions.
 

Face to face interviews

 

  • Use the person's title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.) Only use a first name if they ask you to.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses and prepare to explain both.
  • Arrive at the interview 5-10 minutes early.
  • Follow-up the meeting with a "thank you" notes.
  • Confirm about the time, date and location of the interview
  • Concentrate on the interview at the interview.
  • If you are asked to bring certificates, references etc., get them ready before the day. Your interview letter must be with you.
  • Always remember that communication is two-way things so give them a chance.
  • Don't interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking. Give him/her full chance to talk.
  • During interviews be enthusiastic. Do not say bad points for the previous employers.
  • Always put a positive spin on your answers to difficult questions. If you lack a particular skill or do not know a certain computer program, be sure to emphasize how quickly you learn.