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Interviewing Tips

Do you have an important job interview?  Are your prepared for the interview?  You should familiarize yourself with some helpful interviewing strategies before going on that imporant interview.  Preparing yourself for the interview can mean the difference between getting that sought after job and not. 

Company Research

  • The first thing you should do is research the company that you will interview with.  Gathering background information will help you answer questions that may come up in the interview.  Interviewers may ask you questions like, “What do you know about our company?” or “Why do you want to work for our company?”   Checking out the company’s website will help you address questions regarding their history, philosophy, growth and other useful information. 

Practice

  • Before the interview, practice the interview with a friend or in front of a mirror to ease your nervousness and to build confidence. 

Prepare

  • Interviewers can ask you a variety of questions in order to solicit detailed responses.  These responses will allow the interview to get a sense of your knowledge and capabilities.  The best way to prepare for interview questions is to have pre-interview detailed answers and examples from either previous jobs or schools assignments.

Be On Time

  • Be on time for the interview!  Being late may be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job!  Before the interview, be sure to have the correct address, map and directions to the company.  Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to the interview.

Dress Professionally 

  • It is preferable to wear a suit to an interview.  If you don’t have a suit to wear, a dress shirt, dress pants and a tie will have to do.  Make sure you are clean-cut and presentable.  Your first impression plays an important role because the interviewer begins to form opinions about you.

Cover Letters and Resumes

  • Always take an extra copy of your cover letter and resume to the interview.  Also, take an extra pen and notebook to take notes during the interview for future reference.

Relax

  • During the interview, remain calm, and relaxed yet interested and professional.  Appearing nervous or unsure makes the interviewer think that you are a nervous and an unsure person, which may affect your decision making and performance abilities in the work place.  That is why it is best to prepare, prepare, prepare before the interview.

Ask a Question

  • Many times an interviewer will ask you whether you have any questions.  This is a great time to ask any important questions about the company.  Ask the interviewer about the company’s philosophy, history, growth potential or company long-term goals.  These types of questions show the interview that you have integrity and authority and that you have the capability of taking the initiative.

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