Preparing for an Interview

Preparing for an Interview

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW: Before an interview, a company wants to know a little about you through a resume.  In the same way, it is important for you to have some preview information about the company’s “resume”. Take time to do some research about the company — its office environments, products or services, growth, and potential. Another way to get ready for an interview is to prepare a list of questions to take with you.  It is also important to prepare an idea in your own mind of how to answer anticipated questions like: Why are you contemplating a change, and/or Why did you leave previous positions? What do you consider to be your strengths/weaknesses? What do you see yourself doing in two – five years?  (Explain what you’re also doing to prepare yourself.) Who are your references?  (Be ready with names and phone numbers of pre-called, professional references that know your work, and are prepared to speak well of you. Tell me about you.  (This is not open invitation to ramble.  Emphasize things that relate to the job.  Reply…”I’d love to, exactly where would you like me to begin?”) Think of these words when planning your answers: ACTION WORDS:  I…planned, created, originated, initiated, developed, conceived, implemented, formulated. RESULT WORDS:  It…led to…I…contributed, demonstrated that, saved, reduce, collected, achieved, provided for, increased, evaluated. LEADERSHIP WORDS:  I…organized, directed, led, supervised, guided, managed, was responsible for, presided over, coordinated, gave direction to, built.   **  REHEARSE     REHEARSE     REHEARSE  ** DURING THE INTERVIEW: Attire For women: A straightforward business suit is best. Wear sensible pumps. Be moderate with make-up and perfume. Wear simple jewelry. Hair and fingernails should be well groomed. For men: A clean, ironed shirt and conservative tie are a must. A simple jacket or business suit is a good idea as well. Shoes should be polished. Face should be clean-shaven; facial hair should be neatly trimmed. Hair and fingernails should be well groomed. Arrive early for your interview.  If, for an unavoidable reason, you will be late, call ahead. Shake hands firmly with everyone you meet, look them in the eye and smile. Bring a copy of your resume with reference names and...

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Recent College Graduates Specify your career objective and/or specific to the type of job for which you are applying. List your school, degree year, and any honors, including your grade point average if it’s high. Consider listing additional coursework outside your major if applicable to the position for which you are applying. Take a fresh look at what you may think are menial jobs (i.e. previous positions in fast food restaurants, gas stations, etc.) Analyze your extra-curricular activities and think about how they might relate to a real-world job. Think about whether your coursework could be considered work experience. Use action verbs. Be specific in your descriptions and quantify with results wherever possible. Try a brainstorm of your work, schooling and other experiences. Career Change Start your resume from scratch – New career, new format. Show off your knowledge of the new industry of choice Use a format that focuses on your transferable skills Think about potential work experience outside of your traditional employment, such as hobbies, voluteer work, lectures, conferences, etc. Keep your confidence high Executive Level Examine your career introspectively – Make sure that you are in line with your target companies’ needs, and vice versa.  Create a business plan Focus on your greatest achievements Use charts, graphs, and relevant...

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