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Preparing for a Job Interview
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Taking the time to practice answering the interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your nerves, because you won't be scrambling for an answer while you're in the interview hot seat.
Get Your Interview Clothes Ready
Don't wait until the last minute to make sure your interview clothes are ready. Have an interview outfit ready to wear at all times, so you don't have to think about what you're going to wear while you're scrambling to get ready for a job interview.
Practice Interview Etiquette
Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly and enthusiastically. During the interview watch your body language - shake hands firmly and make eye contact as you articulate your points.
Listen and Ask Questions
During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you're not paying attention, you're not going to be able to give a good response.
It's important to listen to the interviewer, to pay attention, and to take time, if you need it, to compose an appropriate answer.
Make a list of your assets and match them to the job requirements when you have created a list of the qualifications for the job.
Create a list of up to 10 assets, including skills, certifications, experiences, professional qualifications and abilities, computer skills, and knowledge bases ready to share with the interviewer.
Review your list, and the job requirements, prior to the interview so you're ready to share them during the interview.
Do you have a job interview on your schedule? Review tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview so you can ace the interview and make a terrific impression on the interviewer.
An important part of interview preparation is to take the time to analyze the job posting, or job description, if you have it. Analyze what the company is seeking in a candidate.
Make a list of the skills, knowledge, professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are critical for success in the job.
You'll be ready to answer job specific interview questions designed to determine if you have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job.
Review common job interview question and answers and think about how you will respond so you are prepared to answer.
Research the Company
Before you go on a job interview, it's important to find out as much as you can about the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to both answer interview questions and to ask the interviewer questions. You will also be able to find out whether the company and the company culture are a good fit for you.
Take some time, in advance, to discover as much information as you can about the company. Spend time, as well, tapping into your network to see who you know who can help give you an interview edge over the other candidates.
Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you're actually in a job interview.
» Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
» Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
» Dark socks (black is best)
» Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
» No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)
» Mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat & trimmed
» No rings other than wedding ring or college ring
» No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)
» Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
» Shoes with conservative heels
» Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
» No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
» If you wear nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color
» Minimal use of makeup (it should not be too noticeable)
» No more than one ring on each hand
» One set of earrings only
What to Bring to a Job Interview
What should you bring to a job interview? It's important to go on a job interview prepared with everything you need organized and ready to go. On the flipside, there are some things that you shouldn't walk into an interview with.
What to Bring to an Interview
DIRECTIONS. If you're not sure where you're going bring directions and any instructions the hiring manager may have given you. If you have an email confirmation of the appointment bring that, too.
IDENTIFICATION. If the building has security you may be asked to show identification. You may also need it to complete a job application, so bring your Driver's License or another form of identification with you to the interview.
NOTEPAD AND PEN. It's easier to have your own pen than to borrow one if you have to fill out paperwork. Also bring a notepad so you can jot down names and company information.
NAMES AND CONTACTS. Write down the name of the person you're interviewing with on your notepad. It can be easy to forget a name and you don't want to be embarrassed. Also bring the name of the person who arranged the interviewer, if it's a different person.
LIST OF QUESTIONS TO ASK. Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer. If need be, you can skim it quickly when you're asked if you have questions.
EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME. Bring several copies of your resume to give out upon request. Your resume will also give you the details like dates of employment you need if you have to fill out a paper job application.
REFERENCE LIST. Bring a printed list of references to give to the hiring manager. Include at least three professional references and their contact information, who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for, on your list.
WORK SAMPLES. Depending on the type of job you're interviewing for you may need to bring samples of your work. If they don't lend themselves to print, consider bringing your iPad or laptop.
A PORTFOLIO. A portfolio is a great way to package all the items you're bringing with you to the interview in a neat and orderly fashion. That way, you're organized and everything you need will be readily accessible.
What Not to Bring to a Job Interview
Gum or candy
Coffee, soda or water
A hat or cap
Too many rings - if you have lots of piercings leave some of your rings at home (one pair of earrings, is a good rule)
Your parent(s), friends or anyone else
Relax and lean forward a little towards the interviewer so you appear interested and engaged. Don't lean back or slump in your chair. You will look too casual and relaxed. Keep your feet on the floor and your back against the lower back of the chair. Pay attention, be attentive, and look interested.
Doyle, Allison. About Job Searching. How to Prepare for a Job Interview. Web. Oct. 7, 2013.
Times Jobs. Dressing for an interview. Thursday, May 14, 2009, 15:55. Web. Oct. 7, 2013.
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