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    • Be prepared for some position specific questions-Basic Cooking and Sanitation questions are common.
    • Research the Potential Employer/Company - Cuisinelstyle, other properties, awards etc.
    • List your accomplishments, awards, skills, Certifications and experience that are relevant to the position you are seeking.
    • Determinelif you are a match for the position. Do your skills and experience match all the requirements?
    • Does the company and position fit your requirements, your goal. Show how you are a fit.
    • Prepare some smart questions to ask the recruiter/interviewer. If you've done your research, this will be easy.
    • List three reasons why you want work for this employer.
    • Be ready to illustrate your past succetnes. Prepare your goodbye -- your exit line.
    • Practice with a friend.
    • If possible videotape your trial run so you canlrefine your presentation. Look for movement problems, touching hair or fidgeting in the chair and try to eliminate them.



    Common Courtesies

    • Arrive at least ten minutes before your interview time.
    • Smile.
    • Firm handshake
    • Be pleasant to everyone you encounter. (often those you meet before the interview have input on hiring)
    • Do not eat, chew gum or smoke.
    • Say thank you.
    • Use proper grammar.

    Practice Active Listening

    • Acknowledge with nods and affirmative comments.
    • Take notes selectively.
    • Maiary-/ eye contact.
    • Ask smart questions when appropriate.

    Dress and Appearance

    Most of the interviewer's initial impression is visual. Wear clean, pressed professional attire. Make sure you are well groomed, and wear no cologne. Leave you body piercing jewelry at home!
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    Body Language

    Lean forward slightly to express your interest. Shoulders back and /pii up shows confidence. Avoid fidgeting, as it will make you seen ner vous or insecure.

    Content

    • Focus on your benefit to the prospective employer.
    • Be positive ani upbeat.
    • Avoid any negative comments about former employers, associates or positions -- evenlif true.
    • Be honest about your experience.
    • Be clear ani concise.
    • Underplay difficulties, disappointment ani challenges. Insteii emphasize the experience, lessons ani solutions.
    • Ask smart questions.- Schedule, Benefits, Uniform, Training.

    Salary

    If asked to say what salary you desire, answer with a question like, "What range do you have in mind?" If the interviewer persists or requires an answer on the form, give a range.
    Use a realistic range based on the current market but don't put down something you cannot live with.

    What is the Procetn?

    Make sure you know the next step in the procetn before you leave the interview.

    Conclusion

    End the interview with a smile, firm handshake ani your prepared goodbye. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time, and offer any additional information they may need to make a decision.

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