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Interviewing Dos

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By Manchester Partners International

If you are expecting to interview for a job, Manchester Partners International recommends that you keep these figures in mind as guidelines to help you land the position:

¨      Maintain eye contact at least 60 percent of the time during the job interview.

¨      Dress for a job two levels higher than the one for which you are being interviewed.

¨      Only about 5 percent of interviewees do any research on a company prior to an interview.

¨      Prepare and practice a two-minute drill.

“If you don’t maintain good eye contact, you could create the impression that you are uneasy, not interested, or have something to hide,” said Greg Gostanian, senior vice president of Manchester Partners International – Waltham and Boston.  “Good eye contact signals to the interviewer that you are candid, comfortable and sure of yourself.  However, be careful not to stare at the interviewer.  Good eye contact should be practiced so it becomes second nature and doesn’t make you self-conscious.”

On the subject of dressing for a job two levels higher than the one for which you are being interviewed, Gostanian offers this advice: “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.  The way you present yourself absolutely influences the decision to hire you.”

“Dress at a level of formality that shows you understand the importance of the situation and respect the person you are meeting.  This usually means dressing more formally than you would on the job.”

You can distinguish yourself from the other applicants by showing you know such details as the size of the company, its age, its owner, what they do, and their current needs and challenges, Gostanian said.  Among the useful sources of information are annual reports, internal and external company publications, and recent newspaper and magazine articles.

Finally, Gostanian pointed out, “ In many interview situations, you may be asked to start by talking about yourself.  The two-minute drill is a verbal resume that captures the listener’s interest and brings him or her up to date on your background in a clear and concise manner.”

The drill should address not only what you have done, but where you are headed.  Include two or three key events from your experience, while also communicating that you know what you want going forward.  “Two minutes is just enough time to convey key pieces of information without taking over the conversation.  Revise the drill until it fits that time frame.”

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