10 Tips For Acing A Job Interview

So you wrote a great resume and landed a job interview, congrats! Now what? Now it’s prep time to sell yourself in the interview and show your potential future boss why are exactly what their company is looking for.

10 Tips for Acing A Job Interview

  1. Research the organization
    1. Know the company so you can ask thoughtful questions about its mission, goals, culture, etc
  2. Make sure you ask questions either throughout or at the end of the interview
    1. As a hiring official, if I ask someone if they have questions and they say they do not, I wonder what their investment in the job is
  3. Take a notepad and pen with you
    1. Write down questions as they ask them. This is especially helpful if they ask multi-part questions so you can ensure you answer all parts of it
    2. Take notes on what the job entails and what is expected of you in that role
    3. Write down questions as you think of them so you can ask them when the opportunity arises
  4. Dress professionally
    1. No jeans!
    2. Dress to impress (check back soon for a separate post on tips for dressing the part)
  5. Be early
  6. Be courteous to the secretary or whoever else you speak to before the interview
    1. You are being graded by everyone
    2. Most managers trust the opinions of their secretaries because they see things as they really are
  7. Watch your body language before and during the interview
    1. If you sit in my chair like you are at home on your couch, I’ll take note
  8. Research interview questions ahead of time so you can be prepared for what they ask (check back soon for a separate post on sample interview questions)
  9. Come prepared with solid, concrete examples
    1. One example may provide a solid answer to two or three questions. This is OK, but still be sure to vary your responses
  10. Sell yourself! The interview is the time to show your prospective employer what you are made of

10 Tips For Building A Great Resume

My friend Ashley over at Ashley Clark, Professional Writing Services provided the following 10 tips for building a great resume .(If you need help from a professional, contact her and mentioned The Gypsy Professional for a discounted rate!)


How To Build A Great Resume

  1. Make a list of what you do daily, weekly, monthly and go from there
  2. Think “bigger picture” of what your job is. Instead of “filter spreadsheets”, think “compile statistical data”
  3. Any time you can use concrete figures- do so! Examples include “increased sales by 10% annually”, “decreased costs by 3% during first quarter”, “responsible for the recruitment of 10 new advertising partners within 6 months of hire”
  4. Write clearly & concisely without company specific jargon. Industry specific jargon may be OK if you are staying within the same industry
  5. Include only pertinent info. Not every day of your day should be put on paper
  6. Limit the length. A good rule of thumb is 10 years of experience per page. Recruiters don’t want to read a 5 page resume. There are very few exceptions to this, but a federal resume is one of them
  7. Spellcheck, spellcheck, spellcheck! Also, walk away for a bit then come back and review it or have a different set of eyes review it for grammatical and spelling errors
  8. Create an easy to read resume format. Unless you are a graphic designer, your resume should not be a work of art. The recruitment software companies use does not support designs and it will alter your format, making your resume illegible
  9. Use a professional looking font – no comic sans!
  10. Be honest! if you lie on your resume and land an interview, your future employer will be able to tell. Hiring officials are experienced in interviewing and can easily spot discrepancies between what’s on paper and what is delivered verbally

Remember: a resume is intended to get you noticed by a recruiter, the next step is to sell yourself in the interview. Check out my post 10 Tips For Acing A Job Interview