Thursday, August 21, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Job Interview Tips
When it comes to finding a job - a resume and references will only get you so far. For many applicants - making the right first impression can make all the difference. In tonight's more bang for your buck, we found some key ways to master the job interview.
(WSVN) -- If you're tired of looking through the classifieds, you're not alone.
Unemployment rates are about as bad as they've been in a decade.
"Especially with unemployment rates the way it is now, it's very important to find the perfect fit."
Lesley Sorzano has been looking for that perfect fit for a while.
She's seeking a job as an executive assistant. "I'm getting out there and im going to interviews."
And when it comes to those interviews, talk is anything but cheap.
Career expert Victoria Villalba even encourages her clients to prepare answers in advance. "You try to reherse some of the answers, where have you worked in the past, tell me a little bit about yourself. These are common interview questions."
But what you don't want to do is talk poorly about a past employer."I think speaking negative about past employers sends a negative message to a prospective employer."
Susan Tait knows good and well what sends the right message.
As a recruiter for Baptist Health Systems, she's learned how to listen to body language. "Its important to see how you interact with people. To see if you make eye contact."
To see if you have an eye for detail, Susan likes to know who's done their homework."Be prepared, know about the company, know about the position that you are applying for."
And know that sometimes less is more.
Like try wearing less perfume so its not distracting.
And try talking less. You never want to control the interview.Think about what you say before you say it."
Lesley's thinking hard about how she's going to perfect her interview skills.
She knows you never get a second chance to make a first impression."The entire interview process is, it's a difficult one and there are intricacies to it, and so the more you master it, the better you are going to be at it."
One last tip - don't forget to follow up your interview with a Thank You note.
Also we're happy to report Lesley recently was offered a job at a local engineering company.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Victoria and Associates
8181 NW 36th st. suite 22
Miami, Florida 33166
305 477 2233
Baptist Health Systems