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Five basic tips for Job Interviews
The economy is always changing. Jobs are
jobs; no longer are they really careers. Our fathers most likely worked for one
business all their lives, but now, we are a generation where we will end up
working for five or more companies over our professional life. With the
ever-changing times, you may need to brush up on your job interview skills,
which is what we will cover briefly here. You could read entire books about job
interviews but what it really comes down to is expressing your experience, being
confident, timeliness, cleanliness, and manners.
Experience is important in getting the job that you want. If you
have already been through school, internships, or if you have been working in
the business, write down your references and make a complete listing of what you
have been doing with your time. This is your resume and it will show your
potential employer exactly what you can do. If you don’t have enough experience
on your resume, look for an internship, go back to school, take a class, get a
job in a different part of the type of career you want and work your way up.
Experience is something you can accomplish and prove not only to yourself but
also to your potential employers so you can become eligible for jobs.
Confidence is something that you have to ‘have’ about yourself.
You need to speak clearly, relay your ideas and feelings about life, your job,
your friends, and your abilities clearly. If you are shy, meek, and you do not
talk clear or loudly your potential employer is going to think you are not
confident about your abilities and that you might not really know what it is you
do in your job. Being about to express yourself confidently is important during
the initial interview, during your time in the place of employment and during
the course of your job. Make your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and abilities known
continually and you will be more confident about yourself. This is something you
can teach yourself if you feel, you are not confident now. Tape yourself
talking, walking and change what you do not like. Tape yourself going through a
mock interview and learn how to make the changes so you are speaking clearly
without shaking hands and you will ‘come across’ as confident and
Timeliness is important no matter what type of employment you are
seeking. If you see an ad in the paper and it says apply between two and four,
do this. Do not show up before or after, but only during those hours. If you
have an interview, show up ten minutes early and never late. If you are late,
your potential employer will think you do not care enough about the interview or
the position to be on time. It does not matter if this is a restaurant job, or a
corporate position, you need to be on time no matter what to portray what the
employer really wants in an employee.
Cleanliness is important when you are presenting yourself to
others who do not know you. In order to get a job, no matter where it is and
what you are doing, cleanliness is going to be an important part of how you
present yourself. If you do not comb your hair, your potential employer will
think that you really don’t care about how you look and what you look like, so
you are not going to represent her/his company very well. Even if you are
pumping gas for a living, you need to be presentable to make the business ‘work’
and to keep a position doing this job.
Manners are important through out your life and most importantly
when you are trying to get a job. Your manners should include yes or no – not
slang words like ya or na. Your manners when ‘going’ for a job should include
addressing people by Mr or Ms and their last name or sir and ma’am. While you
might think that these phrases and forms of manners are a bit out dated, they
show respect and are most welcomed when you are talking with someone you do not
know – like the person doing the interviewing. If you are rough around the
edges, using profane or swear words, you should not use these words when going
to a job interview. No one wants to have to tell you they do not like these
types of words you just will not get the job. However, when you talk and your
language is ‘clean’ you are more likely to get the job.
When you are applying for a job and you are given a job
application – fill it out on the spot. Do not take an application home, that
just shows that you are not serious and do not need a job right away. Those who
fill in an application and come prepared for filling out their job application
are more likely to ‘get the job’.