21 Secrets to Nailing a Business Job Interview

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Interview Tips for Business Jobs

Prepare

Research the Company

  • Scour the company’s website.
  • Read the company’s mission statement.
  • Has the company been in the news lately? If so, why?
  • Look at the company’s annual financial report.
  • Identify the company’s main competitors.
  • Check out their social accounts – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even Google Plus.
  • Read up on the company’s history.

Find out all that you can.

Dress to Impress

Studies show navy blue is the best color to wear for a job interview because it inspires confidence.

Men: Business suit

Women: Pantsuit or conservative skirt and conservative blouse.

Arrive 15 minutes before the interview and stop by the restroom to double check your appearance.

Skip on wearing cologne and perfume.

Blue and black are the best colors to wear. Orange is the worst.

Brainstorm

Think of a few questions to ask your interviewer during the interview.

  • What are the most important responsibilities of this position?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement?
  • How much control will I have over operations and stuff?
  • What is the company’s vision for the future?
  • If you were to take this position, what would your focus be?

During Interview

Do’s

  • Address your interviewer by name and know a bit about their background before your interview.
  • Smile.
  • Shake hands with a firm, confident grip. Two pumps (up down, up down) is the standard.
  • Keep eye contact. Sit up straight.
  • Accentuate your accomplishments and be prepared, if asked, to explain what you learned from your mistakes.

Don’ts

  • Don’t fold your arms. Avoid crossing your legs.
  • Avoid telling jokes or lecturing on non-work matters like politics or social issues.
  • Don’t speak too much or too fast. Pause to think before you speak.
  • Never complain about a previous boss, colleague or company. Never.
  • Avoid clichés and buzzwords – instead, be specific and provide examples showing those traits.

Top 10 Most Overused Words by Professionals

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Extensive Experience
  5. Track Record
  6. Motivated
  7. Innovative
  8. Problem Solving
  9. Communication Skills
  10. Dynamic

Be original

Most Common Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What are your strengths?
  • Will you tell me about yourself?

Follow Up

Ask for a business card from everyone who interviewed you. Send them a thank you note or email within 24 hoursto show you appreciate them taking time out of their day.

Before you leave the interview, ask the hiring manager what his/her time frame is for making a hiring decision.

If you have yet to hear a decision, and the time frame has been exceeded by more than a week, send a concise,friendly email to see where the company is in the hiring process.

Only follow up once. If you don’t receive a response, move on.

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Infographic Sources

Sources: money.howstuffworks.com, www.themuse.com, www.mashable.com, www.businessnewsdaily.com, www.businessinsider.com



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