Interview Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just entering the job market, these tips can help you beat the competition. Have a question about your upcoming interview? We’re here to help.

Before the Interview

Know Yourself

  • Take the time to reflect on your personal and professional goals, priorities, and objectives
  • Will this position bring you closer to where you are heading?
  • Can you tell your story in a brief but compelling way to highlight your skills, abilities, and experience?

Research the Company

  • Your Fusion Career Advisor is a great source of information about the company and the position
  • Visit the company website to read about their history, vision, business interests, executives, financial situation, and press releases
  • Search the internet and news websites for information about the company
  • Talk to your friends who may know about the company
  • Compile a list of questions that you will ask at the interview

Prepare for the Interview

  • Understand the position, the qualifications desired and company priorities for the next 1-2 years
  • What makes you the right person for this job?
  • Why do you want to join this firm?
  • Anticipate the types of questions you will be asked at the interview and prepare your answers
  • Be prepared to talk about your professional accomplishments and achievements and to discuss the impact they had on your organization

The Interview

What to Bring

  • Your resume, list of references, pad of paper and pen
  • List of questions you’d like to ask

First Impressions

  • Turn off your cell phone before entering the building
  • Wear something both professional and comfortable
  • Use a firm handshake
  • Use the interviewer’s name
  • Make eye contact
  • Smile
  • Be confident
  • Remember you are making an impression on everyone you meet at the employer’s workplace: in the parking lot, on the elevator, at the reception desk

Wrap Up

  • If you are interested in the position make sure the interviewers know this and sum up why you are the right person for this position
  • Ask when you can expect to hear from the employer
  • Thank the interviewers for their time, use the interviewer’s names and a firm handshake

After the Interview

  • Follow up with your Fusion Career Advisor to give them feedback on your interview
  • If the company or position is not right for you, be sure to discuss the reasons for this with your Advisor
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