Whether you’re trying to land your first job or trying to move forward in your career with a new position, it’s imperative to make a good impression during the job interview. The chance to sit down face-to-face with a potential employer is your window of opportunity to demonstrate your value and ultimately show why you’re the best candidate for the job.
This week’s 5 for Friday follows last week’s “Job Interview Prep Edition” with more articles and blog posts containing advice to help you to land your dream position by acing the job interview.
- 10 Things Not to Say in a Job Interview. Fox Business: “Never ask about salary during the interview. This is a topic the interviewer will bring up at their discretion. Once the interviewer explains compensation and benefits, you may ask questions regarding the topic.”
- How to Make a Good First Impression at a Job Interview. Mashable: “While you might live in sweats and t-shirts during your job-hunting days, your potential boss should never know that. When you meet with your interviewer, dress for the job that you want. Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear an interview-appropriate blouse and skirt, or pants. For both men and women, clean hands and fingernails are crucial. And you should keep jewelry and fragrance to a minimum.”
- What Not To Say in a Job Interview. Leadership: “Here are some statements you should avoid: ‘Sorry I’m late.’ – You’re immediately demonstrating to the interviewer that you are unreliable and have poor time management. The last thing they want is someone rocking up to work half an hour late every morning. ‘I didn’t like my previous employer.’ – Even if this is the case, this is something the interviewer does not need to know. It can reflect badly on your character and is unprofessional.”
- Job Interview Tips: 11 Do’s and Don’ts. Business News Daily: “What can really make an employer perk up and set you apart from other candidates? Being specific. If you exceeded your sales goals for a previous year, how much did you exceed them by? Was it 5 percent or 20 percent? There isn’t one word or phrase that can be applied universally in this situation, but by adding a quantifying statement to explain your skills and successes you can really enhance your interview.”
- How to Prepare for (and Ace) the Technical Interview. CIO: “In a technical interview, or any job interview for that matter, communication is a deal-breaker. Interviewers don’t know why they should hire you. That reason is what you need to be able to articulate through your answers to their questions, the stories of your achievements and the questions you ask. ‘Companies want to see the candidate think in “real time” and while you may be brilliant at what you do, in an interview you have to be able to communicate this brilliance,’ says Ed Nathanson, director of talent acquisition with Rapid7.”