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A job interview is an opportunity for you and your possible future work partner to get to know each other.  This is the first impression that your future partners will have of you so try and be like yourself and act as you would normally be on a work day. There are some specific formats to follow for a job interview tips and the idea of being highly nervous will not help any of them, so the first thing to do is relax and be prepared.

The job interview will begin by you introducing yourself.  Since this is a more formal setting than usual use a formal introduction.

Good morning, (afternoon) my name is ABC I am here for an 11:00 meeting with Mr. XYZ.

Notice that you will give your name, the person who you have the meeting with, and the time.  This will help a receptionist locate and direct you to the proper place.  If you are not arriving at a very formal office with a receptionist it is still important to give this information for the person greeting you to be able to best direct you to the proper location for the interview.

As the interview will begin you might make some small talk about the weather, sports, or some current event.  Choose your topic carefully so as not to offend the manager.  For example do not take up such a topic as religion or politics as it most certainly will result in a bad beginning.

During the interview two topics will invariably be discussed your education and experience. Being prepared for these questions will help to reduce any unwanted pauses in the conversations.  When discussing your education, use the following guidelines:

  • Discussing your degrees.

Simplifying Terms by instead of Associate’s Degree, simply say, Associate’s. Associates in NursingSciences can simply be called an ASN.

Example: I earned my Associate’s in Criminal Justice.

Example: I earned my ASN.

b) Instead of Baccalaureate Degree, simply say Bachelor’s. Bachelors in Fine Art canbe shortened to BFA.

Example: I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology.

Example: I have my BFA.

c) Instead of Master’s Degree, say the letters: MA for Master of Arts, MS for Master ofScience, MBA for Master of Business Arts.

Example 1: I earned my MA in English

Example 2: I earned my MS in Physics

Example 3: I earned my MBA

d) Doctorate degrees can be shortened to PhD.

I have my PhD in Early Childhood Development.

After reviewing your appropriate education your prospective employer will want to know more about you.  This is the real intent of the interview because the employer knows about your degrees from your resume.  III. Discussing yourself with your employer. It is important to come across as conversationally as possible, without becoming toofamiliar or too informal.

So here are a few tips to make this part of the interview less painful, practice these a little because speaking in this manner may not be your normal tone:

Shorten dates whenever possible.

a) Example: I began working there in ninety-two.

b) Example: I first started working as a temporary in two-thousand one.

Using acronyms after first stating the institution or company name will make theconversation flow more easily and quickly.

a) Example: I worked for General Motors for ten years. I first hired into GM in eighty-nine.

See how shortening the previously stated company name and the year make thesentence flow easier and more conversationally? This will make you appearmore confident to your employer.

B. Discussing Projects and Achievements you have are also important in many interviews.Again, it is good to follow the guidelines above to make these statements flow moreconversationally.

Example: While working at General Motors, I was employee of the year twice. Once inninety-five and then in ninety-six.

Example: When working for IBM, back in ninety-seven I worked in the IT Department.

The most difficult yet the most important part of the interview is the discussion of salary and benefits.  If this is the first interview the subject of benefits is definitely not appropriate.  When discussing salary, several terms may be used.

Hourly wages will be discussed as a figure, followed by “an hour,” rather than “perhour.”

a) Example: The job pays seventeen dollars an hour.

b) Example: We pay twenty-five dollars an hour.

Yearly wages will be discussed as “salary,” rather than “wages.” Most employers willrefer to it as “per year,” or they may not say it at all.

a) Example: This position pays a starting salary of thirty-seven thousand a year.

b) Example: This position pays thirty-seven thousand.

Thousand may be replaced with “k,” as in Kilogram or Kilowatt.

a)     Example: This position pays a starting salary of thirty-seven K.

Commissions will generally be discussed in terms of percentage.

a) Example: You will make forty-five per cent on each sale.

b) Example: We offer sixty percent commission.

Travel expenses added to your wage will generally be called “mileage.”

a) Example: The job pays seventeen dollars an hour, plus mileage.

b) Example: You get forty-five per cent commission, plus mileage.

Learning to speak in a job interview in this manner will not only help with your job interviewing tips but also help to make your need for them not necessary anymore because you will be employed.

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