Job Interviews: Advice and Tips

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Tim Truzy is a rehabilitation counselor, educator, and former dispatcher from North Carolina.

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The Importance of Job Interviews

Imagine: You walk into a grand office building, like the ones in the photo showing the Philadelphia skyline. You are meeting with a potential employer. It’s your interview. You are nervous. You are concerned about putting your best foot forward. But you do just that; one step at a time – You walk through the door.

Job interviews can be terrifying. However, with a bit of preparation, you can be sure you gave it your best shot. I worked with dozens of clients over the years as a rehabilitation counselor to help them get ready for job interviews. Below is information which should help you get ready for such an important event:

What to Expect and Know About Interviews

The employer conducts an interview for several notable reasons. These reasons include:

  • The company wants to see if you are a good “fit” for their business interests. The firm has to determine if you will be a productive and capable part of their team. The interview provides the employer with some idea if that will be the case.
  • The employer wants to examine your ability to communicate with others. The only way this could be ascertained is through a face to face meeting, which is what the interview provides. Often, the immediate supervisor of the open position is present during most interviews. This is because he/she needs to determine if the interviewee will interact well with the teams already at the company.
  • The employer wants to discuss in detail your education and work experience. Questions will be asked for you to answer. This is because often a resume doesn’t give all the information about you. The employer wants to explore any questions that the resume didn’t clarify.

Things for You to Do

  1. Study the company before the interview. Read up on the products and/or services the business provides.
  2. If possible, learn about the type of work you want to do by talking with others who do that particular job at the company. You may find more people who do similar work at other companies to talk to about the job as well.
  3. Dress appropriately. A good rule is to dress like you have the job. Who knows? The employer may want you to start the same day.
  4. Don’t fidget during the interview. You may be nervous, but try to keep the people conducting the interview from noticing. (Hint: They already know the interview can be an anxiety creating situation.)
  5. Pay attention to questions. Try to answer thoughtfully.
  6. Give good eye contact without staring.
  7. Smile occasionally. Frowning frequently may not convey a positive message during the interview. Remember: An interview is about first impressions. You only have one chance to communicate who you are to those interviewing you.
  8. Be polite and courteous throughout the interview. Remember: Even if the employer does not hire you, there may be more openings coming. You would want the employer to remember you.

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Truzy 

      8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Yes, I am working on several articles currently; one has to do with handling inappropriate interview questions. This is particularly important for individuals with disabilities. In the U.S., we have laws which are supposed to protect people from questions regarding their disabilities. However, it's a "tricky" situation, as you correctly stated:

      1. The person would have to prove he/she didn't get the job based on how he/she answered the question.

      2. Was the person with a disability the "most qualified" candidate?

      These are just a few of the questions that would have to be answered. I have had a case like this" the employer responded by simply eliminating the need for that job. The potential for a lawsuit vanished, and I had to find my client another position.

    • Ice cold princess profile image

      Ice cold princess 

      8 months ago

      Great article. Have you thought about branching out into other areas like the most appropriate way to answer those tricky interview questions? For example, I once had an interviewer point out to me that the job that he was interviewing me for was boring and isolated and he asked how I would deal with that.

      It took me 15 years and a lot of replaying this scenario over in my mind to formulate an answer to this question that was not only appropriate, but that would also have left me in with a chance of getting that particular job.

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