Marie Raperto’s article gives basic and useful advice on how to ace a preliminary job interview. This is an important subject for us college students who are getting ready to venture out into the real world. Getting ahead of the pack in anyway is vital to our career success and the tips Raperto gives will get you there.
There is no guarantee that Raperto tips will guarantee success but she does give us an old saying to remember, “you win some, you lose some.” However, here are four essential tips to help you win more than you lose.
Respond to the question asked, DO NOT VOLUNTEER INFORMATION. This is a normal tendency for interviewers like myself to do. In order to avoid the first rule prepare yourself but don’t act scripted. If you try to be too personable you could end up volunteering things that are completely unneeded. Nobody wants to know about your cat and its massive fur ball attacks, trust me.
Avoid the use of negative terms in your answers. In order to appear that we are extremely interested in the job, some of us have the habit of bashing past employers in the hope that we will boost the esteem of the current employer. Raperto explains that you should view issues you had with your past bosses or situations as challenges or opportunities to overcome. Bad mouthing an old boss will make you look like an ass and acting like a situation you were put into was the worst will make you look unconfident in stepping up to challenging tasks.
Last but not least, watch for opportunities to ask questions. I know that the economy is bad and we are all just trying to get a job but what if you are interviewing for something that you know nothing about? What if you get hired and you end up hating it? Asking questions Raperto explains will show that you have done your homework of the company and can give you a better sense of what you are getting into.
I am about to interview with a popular magazine company on Monday and will most certainly go over each one of Raperto’s 10 rules. These are rules that will help you either sink or swim and I intend on swimming.
Clear evidence of what you SHOULDN’T do in an interview