SmallBiz Interview Tips

Cumberland County is proudly a blue-collar community. There is an abundance of hands-on industrial jobs available in the Crossville area or just a short drive away. Most of these jobs are entry level but, as with every job, there is always a potential to grow and progress. In order to get there, you must first pass the interview process and be hired on. So, throughout this blog post we are going to explore some interview tips.

First of all, you need to be well-versed in the details of the job for which you are applying. Do your research before submitting your résumé so that neither you or your employer is blindsided during the interview process. Have solid, confident answers for each question the interviewer asks. (Some sample questions are listed at the end of this post.)

Bring a copy of your resume. Make sure it is grammatically correct and punctuated appropriately. Tailor it to the job you are applying for. It does not have to be fancy but it does need to have accurate information and anything that is relevant to the position you are applying for. Be truthful in your answers. There is no point in trying to lie or exaggerate the truth because it will come out later. 

Be on time for your interview. But that does not mean to walk in when it is supposed to start. Try to arrive at least ten minutes early. This shows that you will arrive on time if hired as well. 

Body language is very important. Not just in a job interview but in everyday life. Shake your interviewer’s hand firmly and give them a nice smile. Look them in the eye, have a sense of confidence about yourself. Have good posture, do not slouch or slump over, sit up straight. Do not cross your arms or have a closed off look about yourself. Be attentive, do not act bored, or like you are falling asleep. 

Dress appropriately and have good hygiene. Make sure to wear an appropriate shirt, clean shoes, and clean pants. A freshly pressed collared dress shirt is always a safe choice. The pride you take in your own appearance speaks volumes about the quality of work an employer can expect from you. 

Be involved in the interview process. Ask questions and come prepared with questions. It shows that you care, are interested, and confident in yourself.

Lastly, the biggest tip we can give you is that first impressions matter. Have faith in yourself as you walk into your interview. Be prepared to answer all questions to the best of your ability, and be honest with yourself and the interviewer. Interviews are hard and can be nerve wracking, everyone gets anxious, but remember to take a breath and continue on. Preparation is key. 

Here are some practice questions:

  1. Why do you want this job?
  2. What makes you good for this job?
  3. What do you believe this job entails?
  4. What can you bring to this job?
  5. What experience do you have?
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  7. Do you see yourself growing within this job?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Published by SmallBiz Staffing, LLC

Locally owned staffing company in Crossville, TN.

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