Job Interviewing Skills Training
The candidate that shows the most enthusiasm for the job, opportunity
and company is usually the one that gets the offer - please be prepared
to make your actions positive and smile a lot. Always maintain good eye
contact and listen carefully to what they say - show your excitement and
interest in the position and conclude the interview telling the
interviewer that you are very interested in the opportunity to work for
them (even if your not sure yet if this is the opportunity for you).
Remain focused throughout the interview and portray a high energy level.
To prepare for the meeting ask your recruiter in advance who you will
be meeting with, their positions and how long you should plan on being
at the company site. Take along additional copies of your resume in case
all parties do not have a copy.
Be prepared to answer specific questions regarding your long term
goals; the best system you designed or worked on; your worst career
mistake and where you see yourself in 2/5/10 years.
Be ready to detail your strengths and weaknesses and tell the
potential employer why they should hire you. An interviewee should be
able to vividly create a visual image of his or her achievements.
Good questions to ask:
- What will be my first project?
- In which areas do you expect me to develop new expertise?
- How do you envision my growth in responsibilities?
- What problem areas do you have?
- Why is this position open?
- What types of people typically succeed in your department?
- What does your firm do in support of skills enhancement?
Avoid questions about benefits, salary and financial issues; these,
while important, should be handled by your recruiter after you have
convinced the company that you are the person they want to hire!
Research the company that you are interviewing with beforehand. Find
out as much information as you can. During the interview, ask relevant
questions about the company or the position for which you are applying.
The interviewer is usually impressed by someone that has done their
homework. It shows that you are genuinely interested in the company.
During your interview, talk about any relevant accounting experience
that you have gained through a part-time position or possibly an
Be able to discuss your strengths and weaknesses. Most likely, the
interviewer is considering several applicants and it is important to be
able to "sell" yourself. Be honest and sincere in your answers.
Bring along a copy of your resume or data sheet as well as any other
relevant information such as letters of recommendations from
Ensure that you arrive in plenty of time for your interview; however,
try not to make the mistake of arriving too early. A good time frame
would be 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Last, but not least, try to relax and enjoy yourself.
Yourself During the Interview