Employment Interview Tips from Linds & Associates Ltd.

As many job seekers have noted, simply looking for employment can be a full-time occupation. Staying on top of cover letters and resumes, researching available positions and identifying employment possibilities that match your skill set is enough to keep anyone busy, but once you have attracted the interest of a potential employer and secured an interview how can you increase your chances of making the short list of candidates?

Linds & Associates Ltd. offers the following tips for conducting a successful job interview. Obviously, the employer’s needs and your own qualifications are the most important considerations when evaluating any candidate. Interview tips, no matter how effective, can't guarantee that you will be hired, but these suggestions should provide you with a substantial edge when compared to a candidate who is not prepared.

Employment Interview Tips for Job Seekers

Employment Interview
  1. Make a Good First Impression
    First and foremost, you should never arrive late for a job interview. Make sure you know where you are going, and the route you plan to take. Check the traffic flow on the route to learn whether there are any accidents or construction sites that might delay your arrival. Try to arrive about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time to allow yourself to observe the dynamics of the office and rehearse any points you wish to make during the interview. Make sure your clothing and grooming are professional and appropriate. Turn off your phone, don’t chew gum, and offer a firm but respectful handshake to the interviewer. 
  2. Be Concise
    A job interview is not a social event, so stick to the subject at hand. The interviewer may have other duties and responsibilities on his to-do list and if you start rambling on about irrelevant or personal matters it can damage your chances of being hired. If the interviewer asks you a question, answer it clearly and succinctly and then stop talking. 
  3. Provide Examples of Your Experience or Skills
    Don’t just tell the interviewer what you can do, provide concrete examples of when and how you did it to highlight your successes and set yourself apart from other candidates. Try to think of questions the interviewer might ask, based on the job requirements. Then, when and if the question is asked you will have specific examples of how you have performed in the past. 
  4. Listen to the Interviewer
    Pay attention not only to what the interviewer is saying, but also how it is being said. If the interviewer is being very serious and no-nonsense, it is to your advantage to do the same. Even if an interviewer is casual and easy-going, always maintain a professional demeanor. There will be plenty of time for frivolity and socializing after you are hired. 
  5. Ask Follow-Up Questions
    Follow-up questions not only inform the interviewer that you are paying attention; they also illustrate your interest in the position or the company and show that you can be proactive rather than just waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Make sure that any questions you ask are relevant and respectful. 
  6. Be Honest
    Even if the subject matter makes you uncomfortable, it is important to answer any questions honestly. Make sure you understand what is being asked and ask for clarification if necessary. Don’t try to avoid the question or answer a question that hasn’t been asked. If you don’t have a particular skill or training, say so. Sometimes interviewers ask questions they already know the answer to just to see how you deal with it. 
  7. Sell Yourself and Close the Deal
    If a job search were all about which candidate looks best on paper there would be no need for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to identify applicants who will be a good fit with the company, the department and fellow employees. Think of yourself as a salesman on a sales call and your goal is to persuade the interviewer that you offer the perfect solution to meet the company’s needs and contribute to its success in the future. 
  8. Thank the Interviewer for His / Her Time and Consideration
    As in all aspects of life, common courtesy can be very effective in the setting of a job interview. Thank the interviewer(s) in person before you leave and then follow up with a written thank you email or letter. This will probably not clinch the position for you, but it might provide you with an advantage over other finalists who didn’t take the time to send a note, if you are already in the running. If you are unfamiliar with the form and content of thank you notes, many examples are available online.

A successful job hunt requires preparation and research, patience and persistence. Taking some time to prepare for your interview increases your chances of success and allows you to feel more relaxed, confident and authentic.

Linds & Associates Ltd. Legal Support Recruitment Specialists

Brookfield Place, TD Canada Trust Tower, 161 Bay St., Suite 2700

Toronto, ON M5J 2S1

Serving Toronto & the GTA

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