Interview Preparation: Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail
Preparation is critical when you want to convey a positive and polished image in order to have a productive and successful interview. Before your first interview, there are some important steps to take to prepare yourself.
Understand yourself and the positive traits that you have to offer.
- Write down about your skills, interests, and values.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses, and be able to give examples to demonstrate your strengths.
- Think about decisions you have made, the thought process behind each one, and the outcome.
- Identify the accomplishments that you are proud of and how you achieved them.
- Provide examples of how you have developed your skills.
- Explain why you are interested in a specific industry and position.
- Define your short- and long-term goals.
Prepare your documents.
- Make several copies of your resume and cover sheet.
- Bring your portfolio and letters of recommendation.
- Bring copies of your university diplomas if they are not in your portfolio.
- Be sure you have your identification and social security card with you.
Research the employer, the position, and the industry or field.
- Know what salary range is usual for this type of position.
- Read current periodicals and trade journals to learn about the latest trends in the industry.
- Review mission statements, annual reports, and company literature.
- Find out the names of the firm's competitors.
- Where does the firm stand in the industry?
- Who are their clients or customers?
- Familiarize yourself with the employer's organizational structure.
Practice, practice, and practice some more for the interview
- Hire a Career Coach to review your interview strategy and help you with difficult questions.
- Practice answering interview questions with a friend, and/or use a tape recorder to record your answers. You can critique your answers, or ask a friend to do so.
- Look at the interview from the employer's perspective. Know what they want and give examples to prove you can deliver.
- Prepare a strategy for each interview; and share the information you feel is appropriate and relevant.
- Stay focused; keep the conversation on the topic. Be as concise as possible.
- Don't dominate the interview; allow the interviewer to lead the meeting and guide the questions.
- Ask appropriate and well-prepared questions.
- Don't expect an offer on the spot.
- Be assertive, not aggressive, and be confident, not cocky.
- Practice your firm, confident handshake.
A powerful resume = job interviews = job offers!
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Candace Davies ACCC, CRW, CIC, CPRW, CEIP, CECC
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