Gather the following documents and put them into your portfolio:
- The job description or advertisement
- Copies of your resume and cover letter
- A list of professional references and/or letter of recommendation prepared on a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to have complete names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses so that the employer can easily contact your references. Continue reading
Practice Good Nonverbal Communication: It’s about demonstrating confidence – standing straight, making eye contact and connection with a good, firm handshake. That first impression can be a great beginning – or quick ending – to your interview.
Dress for the Job or Company: Today’s casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to look professional and well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview. Continue reading
1. Tell me about yourself. Be brief! Keep this answer to 30-45 seconds max or you will lose the employers attention very quickly. Remember, ‘tell me about yourself’ doesn’t mean they want your life story. Summarize your skills and experience in a way that make you stand out and show why you are the best person for the job.
Sample Answer: “Hello, my name is Brian Murphy. I am a law enforcement professional with a degree in criminal justice and active Top Secret security clearance. My qualifications include fifteen years of experience in international and homeland security and outstanding leadership capability managing large security teams. My experience also includes knowledge of patrol, search and rescue and investigative and criminal procedures. I am a sharpshooter with expert marksman qualifications as well. I would like to discuss how I can bring these skills and experience to your company.”
Always follow-up by sending a brief thank you note after the interview. Thank the interviewer for their time and tell them how much you appreciated the opportunity to interview for the position. Reinforce why you be a good match for the company and that you look forward to hearing back from them. This will keep your name in the forefront, and this simple act of courtesy will help put you ahead of your competition!