1. Prepare a concise, clear resume.
Initially, you want to state
your skills and experience without being too lengthy.
2. Research the company.
Find out about the company through
their website. Also trade magazines, newspaper articles,the
library and any other trade related sources. Areas of interest would
be the company's five year growth, financial position, know the
product line, latest new releases, and it's competitors.
3. Know the people that you will interview.
Such as name, title, and position description.
Your recruiters at E=MC2 will be of assistance
in all of the above areas.
1. Attire should consist of conservative clothing,
dark suit with a conservative tie for the men and for women, proper
business attire - a conservative suit or dress. Minimal make-up
and minimal or no cologne is suggested. Neatness, grooming and a
professional look are the keys to success.
2. Get exact directions to the company and plan
to arrive at least ten minutes early, factoring in traffic, parking and
any other unforeseen time constraints.
3. Be courteous to the entire staff. Be friendly,
warm and enthusiastic. Be self-confident.
Maintain eye contact, be aware of vocal quality, body
posture, facial expressions and have a firm handshake.
4. The interview:
- Smile, give a firm handshake and be enthusiastic,
maintaining eye contact at all times.
- Listen. Give the interviewer the opportunity
- Answering questions, be succinct, concise and
to the point.
- Explaining your accomplishments, support your
claims by citing figures or specific
- Be confident about your strengths and abilities.
- Never speak negatively about a past employer.
- Ask questions about the company and how you expertise
can help them
towards their goals.
Sample Questions from the Interviewer:
1. Why are you looking for a new position
2. Why are you interested in this position?
3. What are you looking for in your next position/company?
4. Are you able to relocate?
5. What is your greatest professional or personal
accomplishment to date?
6. Do you work well as a team member?
The most important factor in answering these questions
or any other question is replying with
honestly, keeping responses brief and concise, and avoiding negativity.
Certainly, your E=MC2
recruiter will be of assistance in preparation for these questions
If the interviewer asks your present salary, be very honest,
let them know the base, bonus, commission and when you anticipate
an increase. If asked what salary you want, never give a figure.
Place it back in their court. Tell the employer that you are interested
in the opportunity and the total package. Ask them to make you an
offer and tell them that you will get back to them promptly with
Asking Questions of the Interviewer:
1.Ask about the position itself, what you will be doing on a daily
2. Ask where you will be with the company in one
year, two years, five years. This projects longevity about
3. Ask how your interviewer got to
where they are today.
4. Ask any other job related questions that you
wish to clarify such as whom will I be reporting to, what opportunities
for advancement are there, and is this position being filled because
of someone leaving or is it due to company growth
Upon leaving the interview:
1. Thank the person for their time.
2. Shake hands firmly, maintaining eye contact.
3. Always express your enthusiasm and excitement
about the position.
Certainly it is proper to say "I am very interested in working
with this company. What is the next step?"
Within a 24 hour period, send a handwritten letter, fax or e-mail
to all those involved in the interview process, including the administrative
assistant, human resources etc, thanking them for the opportunity
of interviewing with the company. At this time it is fine to reiterate
your interest and enthusiasm in working with the company.