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10 Tips to Ace the Job Interview

interview tipsOne of the services BEAU provides its students and graduates is training to assist in the job search.  It is awfully rare to get a job without a job interview.  Here are 10 tips to ace your next job interview.

  1. Be Prepared.  It is important to know a little about the company where you are attempting to become employed. Find a way to explain why you are a good fit for the company.  Libby Arias, sales manager with KJZZ television, says, “An interview is not just a ‘get to know you’ as much as finding out what you can bring to us.  Be ready to discuss your skills that are relevant to my company and my needs.”
  2. Never get negative about a previous employer.  This will only make you look like you are making excuses.
  3. Prepare a personal mission statement.  You will need to sell yourself, even more so in the creative arts,  in a very short period of time.  Have a personal “elevator pitch” prepared so you can summarize what you can bring to the organization.
  4. Search out ethical companies and show a desire to work in an ethical environment.  If you emphasize a desire to work for an ethical company, you will make a good impression.  Betsy Conway, human resources director at Broadview University, says, “While interviewing, share with your future employer examples of situations where you’ve demonstrated decision making based on ethics. Employers will be looking for individuals who can not only perform the technical aspects of the job but can also make appropriate decisions based on the moral and ethical standards of the organization.”
  5. Make sure your Cell phone is turned off.  Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget to do this.
  6. Use body language to your advantage.  Most communication is transmitted by body language.  Look comfortable, attentive, don’t slouch, have good eye contact (without staring or having bug eyes).
  7. Give examples of working well with other people and good decision making.  Have some examples prepared before you come to the interview.  Libby says, “See yourself already as a member of that team and have a plan for how you can make that company more successful.” In addition, showing how you solve problems and work as a team will pre-empt several common questions the interviewer will ask.
  8. Be five minutes early.  This will show you are serious and employers look at dependability and time management as important skills.
  9. Ask questions.  Prepare some questions in advance that will show you know a little about the company and are interested in the goals of the organization.
  10. Send a thank you note.  After your interview, have an already addressed thank you note ready to be sent to the interviewer.  You are looking for ways to set yourself apart from your competition. This is an easy way to make an impression.