Relax -- a cheat sheet is not really cheating. It's a checklist to make sure you stay focused before, during and after the interview. Creating a cheat sheet will help you feel more prepared and confident. You shouldn't memorize what's on the sheet or check it off during the interview. You should use your cheat sheet to remind you of key facts. Here are some suggestions for what you should include on it.

In the days before the Interview

  1. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left side, make a bulleted list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting. On the right side, make a bulleted list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
  2. Research the company, the industry and the competition.
  3. Prepare your 60-second personal statement: Your answer to the, "Tell me about yourself," question.
  4. Write at least five success stories to answer behavioral interview questions ("Tell me about a time when." or "Give me an example of a time.").
  5. List 10 questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the industry.
  6. Research salary data and determine your worth.
  7. Determine your salary needs based on your living expenses -- what is your bottom line?
  8. Get permission from your references to use their names.

Telephone Interview

  1. Research the company's website in detail before the interview.
  2. Make a list of achievements and skills Justifying how you could be the best fit for the position
  3. Make sure the number you give is easily reachable and clear and free yourself from other activities during the time scheduled for the interview.
  4. Keep a copy of your resume in front of you for reference.
  5. Be cheerful, courteous and Confident.
  6. Answer questions to the point, do not go deep into anything as far as possible.  If you do not know, say so.
  7. Finally thank them for taking their time and give you an opportunity to talk to them.
  8. Follow it up with a thank you note via email and ask them their feed back.

Face-to-face Interview

  Do you look professional? Check yourself in the mirror; part of your confidence will come from looking good.

  Carry these items to the interview:

  • Several copies of your resume on quality paper.
  • A copy of your references.
  • A pad of paper on which to take notes (notes are optional).
  • Directions to the interview site.
Copyrights© 2005 IntelliSTRONG, Inc. All rights reserved
Terms of Service - Privacy Policy