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Hot Button Interviews

You Did It

Well, you've been invited to an interview. Congratulations! It's time to give some serious consideration to interview preparation and to anticipate some of the sure-to-be-asked questions.

Depending on the job there may be a hundred or more candidates who will not be invited to be interviewed. Of course, we are not talking about, "Would you like fries with that?" type jobs here. Since you have the nod it is worth your time and effort to do some extra work in preparation for the forthcoming session.

It is critical to press the right hot buttons during the interview. In other words, have the right answers and ask the right questions. This is achievable with interview preparation work.

Research the company/organization. Check for recent news releases, stock valuation changes, merger plans, or any other information in the media- positive or negative. Know the prospective employer. This will help with your decision to go ahead with the interview and if so, help with the question/answer period of the session.

Obscure Questions
Beyond the usual questions about you and your qualifications you may encounter some bizarre questions that require a rapid fire response. "Given a choice, what kind of dog would you be?" If you answer, "pit bull", be prepared to explain why. And so it goes, "What kind of tree would you be?" Maybe, "What kind of manager are you?" "Tell me about your weaknesses." Well, you get the idea. Have answers and reasons.

Hot Button Tips Now for a top ten list of Hot Button Interview Tips. Apology… we couldn't hold the tips to ten, so we have to offer a top ten plus list.

Top 10+ List of Hot Button Interview Tips

Always research the company/organization. Know the mission, goals and philosophy.

Always know verbatim everything included in your resume.

Always be 15 minutes early for the interview and never late.

Always dress appropriately and be well groomed. You have only one chance to make a good first impression!

Know the job description and requirements. Be able to show how your qualifications align with the job requirements.

Always be aware of your body language.

Always be enthusiastic. Prepare to succinctly describe past experiences that demonstrate your strengths and accomplishments.

Always anticipate the questions that you are likely to be asked.

Be open and honest and don't fear failure.

Always have questions to ask about the job and the company. If you have none it appears that you have little interest in the company or the job.

Be certain that you have a realistic preview of the job. This is a big decision for the company and you. The fit should be right.

Always ask if it is alright to contact the company/organization to check the status of candidate selection.

Offer a firm handshake while making eye contact upon arrival and when leaving the interview.

Ask for a business card so that you will have contact information and correct spelling of names.

Thank the interviewer for his or her time and reiterate your interest in the company and the job.

Send a note of thanks (not a Hallmark card) after the interview.

The above listed suggestions will assist in your preparation for the interview. Plan ahead for a productive and successful session!

Ingrid C. O'Connell
Robert G. Frederick
Edie Donohue
OLB Group


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