Interviewing

How well you interview will determine if you get the job. It is essential to know yourself and how your personality, characteristics, qualities and experiences relate to the position you are applying for. Prepare diligently for the interview and know what kinds of questions will be asked of you, in addition to what questions you intend to ask of the employer.

Finally, don’t forget to ask questions at your interview. Keep them relevant to the position and don’t ask about pay or benefits during the first interview.

Preparing for the Interview

The most important and useful thing you can do to prepare for an interview is practice. Study the common interview questions listed below and practice answering them. It may even be useful to write out the answers and read them several times – including right before the interview. Practice in mock-interview situations. Practice with your friends and family.

Analyze your answers and determine what will set you apart from other candidates. Relate those qualities and characteristics to the kinds of questions that will be asked in the interview. You can also use mistakes made in the past as examples of self-improvement if you have taken the initiative to improve in those areas.

Dress to Impress

How you dress says more about you than you may realize. It demonstrates your attention to detail and your judgment of what is appropriate. These are two very important pieces of information for a potential employer. Whether we like it or not, people judge us by how we look. First impressions matter.

Interview Etiquette

Follow-Up Letter

What occurs, or does not occur, after the interview often determines who gets the job. Even if you’ve done everything incredibly well up until now, not following-up with a thank you letter can kill your chances of getting the job. Employers often interview several people for each position, and you can get lost in the pile if you don’t follow-up and make yourself stand out from the crowd. The follow-up letter gives you the opportunity to thank the interviewer(s) for their time and restate why you are the perfect candidate.

This may seem like a trivial, even menial, task – but it is important. A follow-up letter is a step in the job-search process that many people overlook or take for granted. Show your follow through abilities, initiative, and respect by taking the time to craft a strong letter.

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