Prepare for the interview
- Find out as much as you can about Phipps Reporting, the location where you want to work, and the duties of the job you’ve applied for. Research on our website and talk with people who work with Phipps Reporting.
- Read your résumé closely to think about your strengths and accomplishments.
- Write a short opening statement on how you can help Phipps Reporting deliver premier customer service. Practice it until you feel comfortable saying it without help.
- Prepare work samples to share with the hiring manager, if appropriate.
- Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Some good resources are:
- Write questions you want to ask the hiring manager at the interview. Think about your questions about the company, position, work environment, work schedule, or benefits. If you’re interviewing for an hourly position, ask about the pay rate. If you’re interviewing for a salaried position, wait until later to discuss the pay rate.
Make a good impression
- Dress for success. Wear professional clothes that match the position. Avoid excessive jewelry and cologne or perfume.
- Take your résumé and work samples to the interview.
- Arrive 10 minutes early. Being late may automatically disqualify you.
- Turn off your cell phone when you arrive.
- Make good eye contact with each person you meet, especially the hiring manager.
- Thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview.
- Share your opening statement at the appropriate time.
- Express enthusiasm and stay positive. Never criticize other individuals or other companies.
- Be aware of your tone of voice and your posture. They give clues about how you feel about yourself, the hiring manager, and the job.
- Listen carefully to make sure you hear the hiring manager’s questions correctly.
- Speak clearly and concisely. Don’t rush your answers.
- Don’t assume you are the best candidate. Just be yourself and give it your best effort.
- When the hiring manager has finished asking their questions, ask if you can discuss the questions you have.
- End by thanking the hiring manager for their time to meet. Ask when a decision will be made and how you will be notified.
- Follow up the interview with a written thank-you note. Restate your interest in the position and why you believe you are a strong candidate who will add value to the company.
Evaluate the opportunity
After the interview, think about what the hiring manager’s comments and answers to decide if the position is the right fit for you. All job offers are contingent on successfully completing or passing a criminal background check, a drug screen, and other hire eligibility criteria. Phipps Reporting will provide more information about getting started.
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