You should go into any interview well prepared with as much information about the position and the interviewing company as possible. Bio-Jobs.com will provide information, however we encourage the candidate to do their own additional research, particularly about the hiring company. The hiring manager is always looking for an employee who seems to be genuinely interested in the company as well as just getting the job.
During the interview try to emphasize those areas of your background which you believe will be most important to successfully performing the job you are applying for
- without overselling yourself
Sell your skills:
In preparing to interview, make a mental checklist of those experiences you have had which you think will make you a valuable employee to the hiring company. Keep in mind the job description and type of work the hiring company does at its facility.
Discuss any areas you might be perceived as weak in as compared to the job description:
Prior to the interview, assess your skills and experience as represented in the resume sent to the hiring
company. In doing this, try to determine areas which might be perceived as weaknesses, and prepare to address them in the interview. For instance, if the job calls for prior Supervisory experience, and you don't have full Supervisory experience, you might say, "I know that the job calls for past supervisory experience and I haven't yet been a full supervisor, but I have been responsible for several supervisory issues. I've done scheduling for our group, I trouble shoot process problems as the lead operator on my shift, I train new employees and I participate in hiring decisions".
Show interest and address any concerns the company may have about your candidacy during the interview:
As the interview is drawing to a close, if you would genuinely like to get the job, tell the
interviewer. Simply say something like, "I want to make sure you know that I'm very interested in this position and working for XYZ Company. I believe I can do this job well and I think I would fit at this company. I hope I get the job."
"Are there any other questions I can answer for you?"
At the very end of the interview, ask when you might expect to hear if you are going to get an offer for the job.
The all important first impression:
The first impression you make with the hiring company is important, and you only have one chance to make a first impression. So...
I . Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early, NEVER late. Take these first few minutes to become comfortable with your surroundings, to relax and gather your thoughts for the interview.
2. Wear professional attire - a suit or sports coat and slacks or a nice skirt and blouse never fails to impress. Professional dress conveys respect for the company and the interviewing opportunity they are giving you. It also marks you as a professional.
3. Greet each interviewer you meet standing up, with a smile and a firm handshake.
4. Maintain good posture, good eye contact, and keen attention to what is being said/asked by the interviewer during the entire process. Give solid complete answers to questions, but be reasonably concise. Going on for too long makes it seem as though you are more interested in what you have to say than what the interviewer has to say or ask. Be sure to listen attentively as much or more than you talk. Also, never let your eyes wander during the interview; it makes you seem disinterested. Maintain that eye contact!
5. Maintain a positive or at least neutral attitude at all times and about all subjects, Don't take a negative attitude about anything, including past jobs or employers.
The way you present yourself in this face to face interview is key to whether the company will extend you an offer of employment. The hiring manager will be looking for a professional who can technically perform the job duties, who will fit with the "personality" of the company, and who will be reasonably easy to manage.
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