March 24, 2019
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Career Advice / Interviewing / Resume Tips

Other job websites throw so much information at you regarding these two topics it can be overwhelming. If you were to spend all of your time reading their advice you would never make it to the job interview.At we believe in staying with the basics and making our website as user-friendly as possible. So here are some basics you should always stick to and a couple of places to go if you'd like more help.

Some or all of these tips will seem very basic to you, but you'd be surprised what people actually do in an interview and on resumes.

Search Safely:

You want to be careful how much information you provide to companies before the interview. There is no requirement to provide your social security number or date of birth before making a formal application or being offered a job. Government employment forms do require this information. Even your street address can be withheld until later. Your home city should be provided to save everyone time. The employer may be 150 miles from home and you are not likely to make the commute. Never provide any credit card or bank information to any employer. Of course, once you are hired they may need your bank account information to directly deposit your paycheck.

If you are unsure about the company contact the Better Business Bureau in your area or Google the word "complaints" and the company name. Make sure you have the exact company name to avoid any confusion.


(1) Do Your Homework

Know a little something about the company you're applying to, such as their type of business, the number of employees they have and where their corporate office is located.

(2) Be Prepared

Have a notebook and something to write with. Also bring extra copies of your cover letter and resume. Make sure your resume is up-to-date.

You will find there are several types of interviews:

Screening interview:

Usually there are a large number of applicants and the employer is looking for reasons why you would not be a good fit rather than why you should be hired. They will be looking for gaps in dates, long periods of unemployment, reasons for leaving jobs, salary expectations, distance from the job, etc. Have answers ready for these problem areas. Be honest. Life happens. Divorces, family illnesses, school are all valid reasons for employment gaps. Do not say that you could not get along with your last boss; do not say the company was in financial trouble; do not say that you did not like the dress code; do not say you felt sexually harassed. Be positive. It's better to say I am a hard worker and there was not much to do at my last job.

Informational Interview:

This is an interview you can ask for. Call the company and tell the person that you want to learn more about their company. A good company will want to know who is out there and will be impressed that you take initiative. Go prepared with good questions, a resume, and write a thank-you note later.

Serious Interview:

This occurs when you have created an interest in yourself. The employer wants to know more about you and why you should be offered a job.

(3) Dress Properly

This is self-explanatory, however remember you want the employer to commit to pay you thousands of dollars per year. If you show up dressed inappropriately for the type of business you are wasting your time as well as the employers.

(4) Be Early

Interviews get shuffled around because people are late and often times are no shows. You can make life a little easier for the interviewer by being ten or fifteen minutes early. It will be appreciated.

(5) Be Enthusiastic

Show that you want to be there and that you want the job. Be ready to deal with the usual interview questions:

  • What did you enjoy about your last job?
  • What can you offer us that others can't?
  • Why do you think you would be good in this job?
  • What is your perfect work environment?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How do you deal with authority?
  • How do you react to criticism?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • What kind of relationship did you have with your previous boss?

Do some research on the best way to deal with these questions. There are many sources on the Internet.

(6) Call Your Interviewer By His Or Her Name.

This will keep your interview conversational which will be helpful in building rapport with the interviewer.

(7) Maintain Eye Contact

Making eye contact with the interviewer shows you're engaged in the conversation. Body language is important. Sit up straight and if appropriate lean in a little towards the employer to face the employer directly. Don't cross your arms, it implies defensiveness.

(8) Interview The interviewer

Ask the interviewer questions such as what he or she likes about the company. Again this helps keep the interview conversational.

(9) Smile
Everybody likes a smile!

(10) Be ready to discuss salary.

Have a goal in mind. Consider what this type of job is worth. Be fair to both of you. Try to give and take. Make it a win-win for both of you. Have in mind an amount when you will not go any lower and be prepared to walk away.

(11) Ask The Interviewer For A Business Card

You'll need the interviewer's contact information.

(12) Ask For The Job

It doesn't hurt to ask when you can start. The interviewer wants to know that you want the job.

(13) Write A Follow Up Note

A thank you note is always appreciated and remembered. Try a hand-written card.

(14) Be Yourself

Good luck!