Be Prepared, not surprised! Interviewers are often surprised at how unprepared many people are for some of the most typical interview questions. Take the time to prepare answers to some of the common interview questions, such as: “Tell me about yourself,” “Why are you exploring a job change?” and “What are your short and long-term goals?”

Avoid the political approach! Politicians are often accused of not answering a question completely. The same is also said of some people in interviews. Many hiring managers are not only looking for the answer to a question asked, but are also using this to assess the listening skills of the candidates. With this in mind pay careful attention to what the interviewer says and what is being asked.

Great questions can land you the job! Great questions have landed many people the job because of the thoughtfulness of the questions they asked. An excellent question is: “What could I show or tell you right now that would convince you that I am the one for the job?”

You do your job, and I’ll do mine! It is very important not to ask “what can you do for me” questions, especially in the first interview. These include questions regarding salary, benefits, bonus and vacation time. TempWise will be your negotiator and will handle all of these questions for you.

It’s what you know! A big pet peeve of interviewers is that some candidates know little about or nothing about their company.  TempWise will provide as much information as possible about the company and the job. Be sure to research the company prior to your interview.

Be “suited” for the position! Most interviewers agree that the attire of individuals attending interviews could use some attention. Their preference is that candidates be dressed in business attire for the interview, regardless of the level of the position. For men, this includes a pressed shirt and tie or, even better, a suit. For women the recommended attire includes a business suit or dress in a conservative color, closed toed heels and hose.

The early bird gets the job! Promptness is another issue being mentioned by hiring managers. Being on time is no longer the standard. Managers are taking special note when candidates arrive early for their interview. Arriving ten to fifteen minutes early sends a message of strong interest and professionalism.

Say “NO” to negative remarks! Negative comments leave a negative impression, even when those comments are accurate. You should always avoid making any negative comments about current or previous employers, managers, or co-workers. Before going to your interview, plan what you are going to say regarding your previous job!