Nifty Thrifty Thursday: Interview Tips

In my Nifty Thrifty Thursday post a couple of weeks ago, I outlined some job search tips, resume tips and other great links to help you find a new job or get a second one. searching for a job and writing a resume are the first steps, but when you finally start getting those interviews lined up, you'll want to be well prepared. Read on!


Try JobInterviewQuestions.org for several interview pointers.

I also recommend this list of job interview tips from the United States Department of Labor.

One last list of interview tips from Resumes.com.


CVTips.com has a great article on good body language during an interview. A must-read!

Now that you've thought about how to answer job interview questions and how to act during an interview, think about what you will ask. Near the end of an interview, your interviewer will often ask you if you have any questions for them. Rather than passing that off as a common courtesy on their part, make sure you do have some questions ready. Bringing a list of the questions with you will show your preparedness and the thought you put into your interview. Plus, you can learn a lot by asking a few simple questions.

Some good questions to ask on a job interview:

Let me preface this by saying that you want to make sure you tailor these questions to your situation. If the interviewer has already answered them, think something up. Do your research and find out some of the facts about the business and you will surely come up with some questions that you wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Show the interviewer that you're self-motivated and you've done your homework .
~ What would you like to see from the next person in this position?
~ Why is this position open (was the person promoted or fired?)?
~ What strengths did the last person in this position have that you would like to see carried on?
~ What possibilities for advancement are there?
~ Anything about the history of the company.
~ Anything about the future of the company.
~ Ask about the team you'll be working on. What could you do to help that team?

On the flip side, "The Dumb Dozen" from JobInterview.net:

The Dumb Dozen
12 Dumb Questions Candidates Actually Asked
~Is it possible for me to get a small loan?
~What is it that your company does?
~Can I see the break room?
~What are your psychiatric benefits?
~How many warnings do you get before you are fired?
~Can you guarantee me that I will still have a job here a year from now?
~Would anyone notice if I came in late and left early?
~What does this company consider a good absenteeism record?
~The job description mentions weekend work. Are you serious?
~What is the zodiac sign of the company president?
~How do you define sexual harassment?
~Will my office be near an ice machine?

Last, but not least, no matter how you feel the interview went, remember to give a firm handshake and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them!

That's all for this week's edition of Nifty Thrifty Thursday. Now get out there and ace that interview!
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