Interview Guide

 

You would think practice makes perfect, but interviewing for a job never seems to become any easier.  Meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know is often the typical interview.

Good preparation helps to alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.  Here are job interview tips to help you prepare to interview more effectively: 

Practice - Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Prepare - Prepare a response so you are ready for the question "What do you know about our company?" Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

Get Ready - Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking. 

Be On Time - Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Stay Calm - During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Show What You Know - Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.  When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.

Follow Up - Always follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.

Avoid common interview mistakes. Know what not to do in the interview and stand out as the most professional job candidate. Here are some top interview tips that will help you cover everything you need to know for a great interview: 

How strong is your network?   Having a good, established network can be very beneficial to the interview process.  Your connections could open doors to opportunities you previously thought were closed to you. 

 

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