Before Leaving Home:
Research the funeral provider you are interviewing with – Review their website, check out their Facebook and other social media pages, review the Linked-In profiles of the owners. Clearly understand which business and personal initiatives are important to the Owner or corporation
Match your company research insights to your individual skills and talents. Be able to communicate how you will be an asset to the organization through specific references from your skill set using benefit statements. An example of a benefit statement could be: “My excellent communication skills will help improve the funeral homes’ client family satisfaction”.
Practice, Practice, Practice Your Interview Skills – Be prepared for different interview techniques. Record yourself answering practice questions – learn how you respond to challenging questions and implement any changes you can to make your interview more successful.
Have the right Attitude – Practice improves your confidence and attitude – Prepare for Success
Dress Appropriately for the Position – Wear professional attire including hair, make up, perfume and cologne. Funeral providers are searching for team members who are going to represent the company in a professional manner with families, visitors, suppliers and the community in general.
Once You Arrive for your Interview:
A successful interview begins when you arrive in the parking lot!
Arrive early enough to be seated in the interview waiting area at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the interview to gather yourself.
Walk confidently; project a positive, confident image that you are the right candidate.
Politely recognize staff members you come into contact with – introduce yourself, shake hands, smile and project an image of confidence – First impressions are important to success.
Eye contact and a professional, firm handshake are essential to starting a positive interview
During the Interview:
Sit comfortably, being careful not to slouch – Manage your body position to convey interest
Don’t fiddle with your hands, watch, cell phone or pen
Relax, in some instances your interviewer may be somewhat nervous as well
Listen to the complete question before answering – don’t interrupt, don’t rush, don’t ramble
Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the question
Answer the question to the best of your ability – stay focused, try not to stray off topic
Smile, be conversational, be energetic
Be prepared for “out of left field” questions – they are designed to see how you may respond in uncomfortable circumstances
You will be asked if you have any questions: Be prepared with focused questions relevant from the company research you have done or learned during the interview – this demonstrates you came prepared for success
Prepare your questions based on both current opportunities and future potential – demonstrate you are focused on future success, not simply achieving a position
Preparation and Practice are the keys to Interview success! If you would like to prepare with an experienced interviewer simply contact us!