Thursday, March 26, 2015

Do's and Don'ts: The Ten Commandments of Interviewing

From time to time, we are lucky to have one of our valued employers volunteer to write a blog post for us.  Aside from giving us a break from having to come up with a blog topic, we love when this happens, as it gives our students the opportunity to hear tips directly from hiring employers. When I talk to my employers about writing a blog, I always tell them to think about what they wish they knew when they were a college student. So, The Career Center is pleased to present a blog post from Michael McKay, PR/Marketing Director at Jozii, who is going to tell you what he has learned about interviewing for a job:

I. Thou shalt do research on the company
Knowing about the company not only makes for a better interview, but also shows potential employers that you are interested in the position.
II. Thou shalt dress correctly
How you dress is often the first impression an interviewer will have of you. Even when interviewing for jobs that allow more casual dress for employees, you should still dress up for the interview. 
Tip: It’s always better to overdress rather than underdress.
III.Thou shalt give a firm handshake
A firm handshake shows confidence and is an important non-verbal part of the interview. 
Tip: make sure to look the person in the eye when shaking their hand.
IV. Thou shalt ask questions
Asking questions shows that you have done research on the company and allows you to address any concerns you have about the position. Remember that the hiring process is a two way street.
V. Thou shalt send a thank you note
Sending a thank you note shows the employer that you’re serious about the position and went the extra mile.
VI. Thou shalt not be late
Being late is unprofessional and interviewers may think this practice will continue if they hire you. Make sure to plan ahead and leave some extra time in case your commute takes longer than expected.
VII. Thou shalt not give one word answers
“Yes” or “no” answers do not give the interviewer much information to work with. 
Tip: Elaborate by providing reasons or examples.
VIII. Thou shalt not check your cell phone
Looking at your phone during an interview is rude and distracting. The interview is your chance to sell yourself to a potential employer, not see what your friends are doing later.
IX. Thou shalt not speak badly of previous employers
Employers don’t want to hire people with negative attitudes. Plus, you never know if they may know your former boss.
X. Thou shalt not lie
In todays day and age it’s easy to to research a candidate and catch them in a lie. Be honest and focus on your strengths.
Use these tips to present yourself in the best light and remember, confidence is key. For more information on the hiring process visit the Jozii blog.

Darlene Johnson,
Director of External Relations

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