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How to Prepare for Your Job Interview at Waterstone Mortgage

September 27, 2017

So far, so good! A job caught your eye, you applied for it, and now you have an interview with Waterstone Mortgage. Make sure you’ve thought about these things before your interview.

Phone Interview Preparation

  • Research Waterstone Mortgage prior to your interview time. Prepare a few things you can share with the interviewer.
  • Ensure you are prepared to speak with the interviewer at the scheduled time, and that you do not have any distractions. Prepare for a phone conversation of 20-30 minutes in total.

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In-Person Interview Preparation

  • Take note of any questions you have in advance. This way you have answers to all of your questions before you leave the interview.
  • Bring at least three copies of your most up-to-date resume, a list of your personal and professional references, and any other documents you were asked to bring. One resume copy is for you, the others are for the interviewers.
  • Practice good non-verbal communication, including: handshake, eye contact, and good posture.
  • Lay out your interview outfit the night before, making sure to dress professionally.
  • Get a good night’s rest. This may sound like something you mom would say, but there are few things that can throw off your concentration during an interview like sleep deprivation.
  • Get an early start – the last thing you want is to waste all your interview preparation time by arriving flustered and panicked because you couldn’t find a parking space.
  • Arrive to the interview 10-15 minutes early so you have adequate time to find the correct location.

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The In-Person Interview

  • Strong communication skills:
    • Provide clear communication at all times. Remain on topic, avoiding personal stories or comments.
    • Stay positive. Avoid any negative comments or stories about current or past employers.
    • Read your interviewer’s cues. It is important to be thorough and answer all questions, but also to stay on topic. Listen to the interviewer’s questions before answering.
    • Be confident in your answers and your background.
  • Have at least 2-3 appropriate questions prepared for the interview.
  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time.

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Post-Interview

  • Follow the interview with an email to the interviewer, thanking them for the time and consideration.
  • If you received a business card, consider going old school – send the interviewer a handwritten letter and snail mail it. Who knows? By the time it arrives, you may already have the job.

Have you had a job interview with Waterstone Mortgage? Leave an interview review on Waterstone Mortgage’s Glassdoor account.