When Can You Start? How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job by Paul Freiberger is an excellent primer on how to do well in a job interview. The presentation covers research about the company, panel interviews, phone interviews, trick questions, situational dilemmas, the employment law, thank you letters and salary negotiations.
Freiberger believes that researching the company is pivotal, especially for panel interviews where you can impress the panel with your knowledge of the company or industry. Telephone interviews can be fun because you can interview with materials and checklists in front of you.
The author’s discussion on salary negotiation is important because it’s not always good to provide too many details on salary. In addition, it may not be wise to price yourself out of the job or to enter a new company at the top of the salary scale for a particular job. The important aspect about whether or not to take a job involves the potential for career advancement and job growth beyond the current position. The most critical question a job candidate needs to answer is where does a job lead down the road?
According to Freiberger, candidates should present themselves well so that they appear to be smart, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, engaged, hardworking, responsible, reliable, competent and personable. The author also indicates that interviewing is a two-way street. By the end of the interview, panel members or the sole interviewer may invite questions about the company. This is your chance to glean by way of intelligent questions just what the employer wants for success on the job.
When Can You Start? is an excellent resource for job candidates in a variety of interview situations. The presentation covers just about every major obstacle or opportunity that could come up unexpectedly.