IF YOU REALLY WANT THE JOB YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW

May 13, 2013 Comments Off on IF YOU REALLY WANT THE JOB YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW

tips-for-interviewingIf there is anyone who knows the recipe for a successful job interview, it’s Silena Semedo, The founder of the Silena Semedo Foundation which helps mentor, house and raise displaced girls in a caring home with excellent programming.  Her foundation actually has a program for their residents to prepare them for the work-force.  She suggests that before any job interview, you must prepare like you would for a test.  She offers the following advice to young ladies embarking on a job search:

  • Reach your full professional potential and put your best foot forward by preparing for the interview.
  • “Confidence is key.  This is not to be mistaken for cockiness.  Cockiness will make you unlikable and send red flags for conflicts between co-workers.  If pulled off correctly, confidence will tell your interviewer that you know what you are doing and can be a strong asset to their team,” Silena suggests.  “Always try to appear calm, relaxed and smile.”
  • Acquire a professional wardrobe.  Depending on the job you are interviewing for, wear a professional suit, skirt, pants, blouse and shoes.  Don’t wear a shirt that is too tight, or a skirt or dress that is too short.
  • Have a typed resume available at the interview with references.  Make sure there are no typos!
  • You can’t always start at the top.  Know the difference between a job and a career.  Sometimes, one must work up to a position by acquiring experience in similar fields.  For instance, if retail management is a goal, you may have to begin as a clerk or stock personnel to learn the industry.  Research the field you are interested in working in.  Look for a job that can lead to a career you will love.
  • Research the employer you are going to interview with.  Look at their website, tweets, face book posts, and advertisements.  Understand who you will be working for.  Know their company, and check out their competition as well.
  • Ask questions about the job, and learn the ins and outs of what will be required.  Consider experience you may already have that is similar to the job experience required.
  • Find a mentor in the field you wish to work in to get a clear idea of job expectations, salary, perks, and education requirements.
  • Be on time for the interview.
  • Maintain eye contact and a friendly face.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer, but don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to have a few questions answered.
  • Ask your interviewer to clarify the hours, salary, benefits and expectations before you accept or decline the job.
  • If the interviewer makes you uncomfortable, or if the surroundings are not consistent with your beliefs or standards, understand that you will most likely not be happy there and maybe should consider seeking a different employer.

Silena says just getting the job is not enough.  “Go above and beyond!  Once you get hired, you will be visually evaluated by your superiors and colleagues.  It’s vital that you go above and beyond the duties assigned to you in order to move up in your career and meet your goals.  Be willing to help and learn anything they are willing to teach you, even if it’s not in your job description,” she says.  “There may come a time when you have the opportunity to step in for an out of commission co-worker.  This will be your time to shine!”

Categories : Careers, Job Interviewing