Remember before you meet the interviewer you have already created a impression. A first impression is very important. You have made contact with the employer by filling out an application, writing a letter of interest, or calling on the phone.
Remember when an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself”, he really means, “Tell me why I should hire you for the job”.
Victor Nauta is applying for a job as a mechanic’s helper
INTERVIEWER: Tell me about yourself Victor?
VICTOR: Well, I grew up in the Orange County area and have enjoyed living there ever since. I go the Valley High School and I am looking forward to graduating in June. I have always enjoyed driving cars and working on them. In high school I took al the auto shop courses I could. I do most of the tune-up work on my own car, and I keep some of my friend’s cars going too. I’ve been driving since I was 16. I’ve never had an accident. I like to read about cars in magazines. While I was in school I worked for two summers as a parking garage attendant. I learned a lot about how to get along with the customers and with our attendants.
Work experience refers to specific work you have done in the past. It is important during an interview to let the interviewer know what work experience you have. Try to remember all the duties you performed on your last job. Also let the interviewer know the skills you learned.
There are three kinds of work experience: paid, unpaid (volunteer), and on the job training. It is important that you define these carefully to the interviewer.
If you have no prior work experience, make your education part of your work history. Remember you can also use baby-sitting, yard work, fund raising for school, working with parent/relative/friend as part of your work experience.
Most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions to ask. This is your chance to ask questions about things that were not talked about during the interview.
Ask them when there is a pause in the conversation, or when the interviewer asks if you have any questions.
What kinds of questions should you ask?