From the Interviewer

One thing is certain when you are in the hunt for a career or job, it is imperative to impress the person conducting your interview.  There is accepted protocol that is universally appropriate – and this comes from the interviewer!

Never be too early. Surveys conducted state that interviewers are annoyed when job seekers show up more than five or ten minutes early.  Most of them are on tight schedules and your early arrival could throw them off for the rest of the day.

Do not “over sell”.  While enthusiasm and knowledge about the company is appreciated and expected, there is a “happy medium”.  Being overzealous can create a perception that a job candidate is pushy and too aggressive.

Appearance and dress matter.  In most industries, a professional appearance is expected.   You don’t need expensive interview clothes but dressing too casually or wearing clothes that do not fit properly can jeopardize your hiring potential.  A clean cut and well-groomed appearance is important.

Sweat the “small stuff”.  Hiring managers are watching everything, including how quickly you respond to requests for writing samples or references or whether the email to confirm the time of the interview is sloppily written and full of grammatical errors or how you treat the receptionist.

Do not talk poorly about a former employer former company.  If you are willing to “trash talk” people who once employed you, it is possible you will “trash talk” them as well. You may be perceived as a troublemaker.

Being too chatty is not recommended.  Your answers to the interview questions should be direct and “to-the-point”. Rambling and going off on tangents raise doubts about your ability to organize ideas and process needed information quickly.  If you are in doubt as to whether you sufficiently answered the question, it is okay to say something like “Would you Like to me to go more into depth?” or “Does that answer give you what you’re looking for?”

While talking about salary is nerve-wracking, it is important because it establishes whether or not the job is a good fit for your education, knowledge and experience.

Interviewers are going to ask other people what they think of you. They’re going to ask anyone who came in contact with you for their impressions—from the receptionist to the guy who you met for two minutes in the hallway.

Interviewers like thank-you notes, but not for the reason you think. Post-interview thank-you notes aren’t just about thanking the interviewer for her time; the ones that are done well build on the conversation and reiterate your enthusiasm for the job.

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