Congratulations on receiving a job interview, NOW is not the time to panic but to prepare. Seems like each day “what to do next” interview questions come in. As a result, the following goes out to Bianca who asked:
“I have an upcoming job interview at the Grand Hyatt hotel, what advice can you share?”
An obvious response on my side of the equation is “why would a potential employer want to interview you?” Think about it for a second, what qualities do you offer which are considered valuable? What knowledge, skills, and/or abilities do you bring to the table?
Career tip: Once these questions are answered honestly, the next step is to expand and strengthen your contributions.
An easy task? Not really but one which must be performed. Here are a few steps I suggest you take prior to the interview:
- Review your resume and cover letter, making sure you can respond to any questions in a confident and quantifiable manner. For instance, if you trained peers, be ready to detail the number of peers, your direct involvement, and the outcome.
- Research the job position, description, and company. A typical question asked is “what do you like about our company” or “what interests you most about the position.” A huge turn-off is when the applicant is unable to respond adequately or states he or she did not have time to research… a big time no-no. http://www.onetonline.org is a good job position description source.
- Dress professionally… there is no compromise when it comes to how you look. Remember you will be representing the organization.
- Be kind and courteous to all you come into contact with, including and especially the receptionist. Professionalism goes a long way!
- Ask pertinent questions when given the opportunity; this is where research comes into play.
- After the interview, send an electronic thank you note AND a hand written thank you note. This display of professionalism is often neglected.
Though the above points are not all-inclusive, this is a great foundation no matter the level of experience you happen to be at.
Oh yes, one more before this concludes: BE and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF…
I hope this helps and you secure a successful interview. Let us know how it goes…
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