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Interviewing Tips

You have done your homework, you know what you have to offer a prospective employer and you are dressed appropriately. Now, you are about to experience the most important 30-90 minutes of this complex, time-consuming and frequently exhausting process known as “landing a job.”

Networking, telephoning and correspondence help you get an interview, but it is the interview that lands you the job. Keep that in mind as you prepare.

When You are Talking

  • Talk only about your skills and achievements that relate to the job in question.
  • Respond directly to questions, but limit your answers to what was asked. If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.                    
  • Do not say anything negative about former employers or instructors.
  • Reiterate your interest in the job at the end of the interview.

The Power of Knowledge and Questions

  • Do research before the interview. Visit the company or organization’s website, read recent articles and look at marketing materials.
  • Review typical interview questions beforehand to help you feel more relaxed during the interview.
  • Ask questions. Learn from the employer what you can expect from the job.
  • Ask about the next step in the job application process and when you can expect to be contacted again.

A Sensitive Area: Salary

  • Do not mention salary unless the interviewer talks about it.
  • If asked about your salary history, ask what range the employer is considering for the position.
  • Do salary research so that you can be knowledgeable about typical salaries for similar jobs in your area.               

Being Professional Pays Off

  • Show up no less than five minutes before your scheduled interview time.
  • Dress appropriately. It is better to error on the side of formal than to be too casual.
  • Offer a firm handshake, sit up straight, speak clearly and make eye contact.               

Follow-Up is Important Too

  • Put a thank you note in the mail as soon as the interview finishes.
  • If you do not hear from the company or organization in the expected time, wait a few more days, then call to check in and reiterate your continued interest.

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