This week’s advice comes from Fred Coon, President and CEO of Stewart, Cooper & Coon, offering executive recruiting, corporate outplacement and human capital management services.
“After months of sending out resumes, you finally land an interview. Excited doesn’t begin to describe your mood. But wait, now you have to prepare for this interview. Where should you begin? How can you stand out from your competition once you are face-to-face with the employer?
A good interview is a matter of good preparation and follow-through before, during and after the interview. If you have researched the company and particular job, you are already well on your way to a great interview and, hopefully, a job.Remember, lack of preparation will leave you at a major disadvantage.
Before you go in for the interview you should know the nature of the job, the company’s services and products and any new developments that have taken place within the company recently.
The purpose of a traditional interview is to justify why you should be hired instead of another candidate. Also important is for you to decide if this is a place you would want to work.
Whenever you send correspondence, speak or interact with people, they begin to form an impression of you. Any material you send must be checked and rechecked for grammar, spelling, syntax, etc. Being nice to everyone you encounter is of equal importance. Think about everything you say before you say it. All conversations must be friendly, yet professional. Displaying a positive attitude is one thing employers remember.”