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Ten Preparations to Make before Interviewing

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


´╗┐Ten Preparations to Make before Interviewing

1. First of all, know who the company is and what they do. You’ll be asked, “Have you heard of us?” and it is better to be able to respond in the positive. You can use the Internet to find out something about them. You look unprepared if you haven’t even taken the time to look them up.

2. Make sure that you can remember what you did on your last few jobs. It doesn’t look good if you are asked what the project was on a job you worked on recently and you can’t even remember what the project did, or the name of it (been there).

3. Study up on the skills that you know that they are looking for. You may well be questioned or even tested on those skills. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember much about something you did two years ago, but you’re going to have to. You’ll have to brush up on it again if you hope to get the job.

4. Make sure that you are dressed well but not too flash. A suit is good, but a Rolex watch and big gold rings aren’t. It goes without saying that an opennecked shirt with your chest hair hanging out will not look good. The same goes for women with opennecked shirts (except for the hair hanging out part).

5. Don’t set out for your interview in a Porsche or a sports car. If you have to, borrow a friend or spouse’s more sedate car. If you’re a contractor, you may earn more money than your prospective boss but don’t shove it in his face.

6. Don’t wait to leave home till five or ten minutes before you have to. You don’t want to be late. The first rule of salesmen is to never be late. And you are selling yourself, your services and your capabilities. On the other side, don’t show up too early or you may appear too eager.

7. Find out from the agency that sends you if they have sent someone else there for an interview and ask them to find out what the interview and the interviewers are like. The agent will be willing to help you even if they have put someone else in.

They are also likely to have spoken to the interviewers and can give you an opinion on them.

8. If you know someone at the company, contact them to get the rundown on the company and the people interviewing you. If you don’t know anyone, you might put out an email to your contacts to see if they know anyone inside the company.

9. Don’t go out drinking the night before, or to a restaurant that has food that might affect your presence. You’re likely to be nervous and might have had to rush to get there on time. You never know what is seeping through your pores and into the interviewer’s nostrils in the small enclosed room where you are being interviewed.

Some nonintrusive aftershave or perfume might be good.

10. Convince yourself that you are the best person for the job and that they will be lucky to get you. Your confidence will come through. You will get this confidence through thorough preparation for the interview. There’s nothing more irritating than failing an interview by not being able to answer something that you should have known especially if you have been out of work for a while.

Extra tip: Use the Internet to get as much background information as you can.

Remember IBM, Sun, Microsoft, etc all have sites. Don’t do your Internet investigation the night before the interview. Gerry McLaughlin has fulfilled every role in Software Development from Trainee Programmer through Systems and Business Analysis, Project Leader and Manager, Systems Manager and Chief Information Officer with a department of 80 people.