Interviewing for a
new job can be a challenging - sometimes daunting - experience.
However, with thorough preparation and practice,
your presentation can be an impressive performance.
One of the most important
services offered by MRI/Sales Consultants of Auburn Hills is working
closely with candidates in developing effective interviewing techniques.
The following advice is gleaned from the experienced of hundreds
of MRI account executives worldwide.
Preparation is Critical!
The foundation for a
successful interview is preparation - performing the necessary
research to learn as much as possible to be sure the prospective
job is a good fit for you - and, equally important, to impress
the people with whom you'll interview. To begin, explore the business
section of your local library and gather current information about
the company and its management. You'll also want to review the
company's recent annual and quarterly reports.
Leading up to the interview, read financial and other pertinent
publications for up-to-date information. Follow the company's
stock price if it's publicly traded.
If your prospective
employer has retail outlets in your area, visit them to get a
front-line feel for the organization. For certain manufacturers,
look for their products at retail stores and ask sales representatives
about quality and sales volume.
persons who may do business with the target organization or, at
one time, were employees. A key link in your network is your MRI
account executive who will be extremely well-versed in the company's
Practice DOES Make Perfect!
One of the most overlooked
elements of interviewing is practice. To look your best in front
of interviewers, here are some pointers:
your employment background and develop explanations for any
||Prepare a list of tough questions
that may be asked. The develop answers to these questions.
You may be asked about your reasons for wanting to leave your
present job and what you liked most/least about your job.
Many of these questions are aimed at finding out if you have
the qualities being sought. For example, if you are asked
what type of manager you are, be sure to support your answer
with specific examples.
||Practice responses alone and
then with a trusted friend who isn't reticent to offer constructive
criticism. An excellent sounding board is your MRI account
Deliver a Memorable Presentation
Having prepared and
practiced, you're ready to present yourself to the interviewers.
Your MRI account executive will provide an interview timetable,
including names and titles of persons with whom you'll be talking.
Your behavior should
be friendly, yet businesslike. Listen closely and questions and
be sure your responses are concise and relevant. Don't allow your
responses to wander. If the answer to a question is complex, use
examples to make your point. Show interest in the company and
the interviewer by asking questions yourself, but do so without
dominating the interview. As the interview moves to a close, express
your appreciation and your interest in the opening.
While the interview
or interview may be over, there's more you should do. First, call
your MRI account executive to review your interview and what steps
should be taken next. Then write thank-you letters and continue
to follow the company's business activities.