How to be a Good Candidate: Impressions Count!

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You have been hoping for this opportunity. A call came to come for an interview. This means they have looked over your resume or application, and felt you looked like a promising candidate for the job. You want to be memorable, but only in a way that you will be thought of as the best person for the job. There is only one chance to make a first impression.

First, let's go over the basics on how to be a good candidate for the job.

  • Be on time. No excuses. Being 10 minutes early is good form. 
  • Dress appropriately for an interview. Neat and clean attire, that has been pressed or dry cleaned should be worn. Unless you are interviewing for a car wash, jeans or shorts are not appropriate. For females, be certain to not wear a plunging neckline or other provocative clothing. 
  • Have your ID. Many times it will be required, and checked before the interview. 
  • Smile. 
  • Make eye contact. 
  • When shaking hands make it a firm, confident grip. 
  • Use good posture. Do not slump or cross arms. 
  • Turn off your cellphone. Don't risk being interrupted by rings or beeps, even if you don't answer. 
  • Do not bring in coffee, snacks or other drinks. 
  • When you speak, do not use slang terms.

Yes, those are good basics for any interview, but need to be reviewed to get the interview on the right track.

Some other good practices for a successful interview are:

  1. Answer questions briefly and positively. This is not the time to bring up past negative experiences. 
  2. If asked about your strengths, tell them as strengths, not just as what past job descriptions were. 
  3. Ask appropriate questions, such as: 
    1. "Why is this position available? (If it's the result of termination, ask why the person was terminated.) 
    2. What do you feel are the most important characteristics in an associate? 
    3. Why would a well-qualified individual choose to work here? 
    4. How will you measure my performance? Will my pay be tied to my performance? 
    5. What do you consider the ideal experience for this position? 
    6. Is there a training period for this position?" - NCMIC
  4. Listen and take notes. Be prepared with a notebook and something to write with. In this case, an electronic pad would also be acceptable.
  5. Thank the interviewer. Also this is the time to say something positive about the company, and mention you feel you would really fit in nicely. When returning home from the interview, write a "thank you" note in your own writing, and send it by "snail mail" addressed to the company and interviewer. This touch is overlooked today, and can be what impresses or gets the attention of the employer.

At the conclusion of this interview, you may be asked to come for a second interview, but most of the time the interviewer will need a few days to process his thoughts on who has been interviewed. The second interview will be when skills may be asked to be demonstrated, and often skill or aptitude, or personality tests are given.

At DVMG Staffing, we want the best candidate to "shine" in the employers eyes. After reading these tips, if you have other questions, just contact us.


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