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Interview Tips

Interview Tips

I. Before the Interview

  • Have a specific job in mind.
  • Learn about the company– what type of employee would they want?
  • Get a copy of the job description if possible.
  • Review your qualifications as they relate to the job description.
  • Be prepared to answer broad questions about yourself.
  • Be prepared for the question: Why should we hire you?
  • Practice. Do a mock interview with a friend.
  • Bring a copy of your résumé to the interview.

II. Appearance

  • Remember you have only one chance to make a good first impression.
  • Dress as if you care about being hired (not too formal, not too casual).
  • Do not be afraid to shake hands, smile and look the employer in the eye.

III. During the Interview

  • Listen very carefully; think before talking.
  • Be business-like, but remain pleasant and friendly.
  • Use proper grammar and good diction.
  • Be positive, but do not exaggerate your qualifications.
  • Thank the employer for his or her time.

IV. After the Interview

  • Send a thank you note expressing your appreciation for the time and conversation. If you are still interested in the job, convey your desire and availability for the position.
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