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Interview Tips(pt 1)

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Tips to help you prepare for your big day. Taken from Dress for Success (Suits to Self-Sufficiency)

Congratulations! Your resume caught the eye of the hiring manager, and you have a job interview scheduled. The prospective employer will use this meeting to determine  how well you ” fit” with the company’s staff, values and goals. Of Course, the interview also is an opportunity for you to find out more about the company and determine whether or not it is the right place for you.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your big day.

A few days before the interview…

Learn as much as you can about the prospective employer by reviewing its website throughtly, reading industry publications, and talking to others who may know about the company’s culture and what the firm may be looking for in an employee.

Review your resume. Think about how your skills and accomplishments can be assets to the company.

Compile a list of two or three professional references, or people that can speak positively about your skills and work ethic. Just be sure to ask if they are willing to serve as your reference before you give out their contact information.

Be prepared to complete a written application, which will likely ask for your contact information and the addresses and phone  numbers of your previous employers.

Practice answering  interview questions out loud. You want your responses to sound confident but not rehearsed.

Be prepared to answer these questions:

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Why do you want to work here? What do you know about the company?

What are your strengths/weaknesses?

Why did you leave your last job and what have you been doing since then?

Also be prepared for off – the wall questions , which are increasingly common. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked a question such as , ” If  you could have lunch with someone famous who would it be?” These questions provide information about your personality and how you think on your feet.

These Interview Tips were reprinted from a brochure created by Robert Half International, the exclusive staffing services partner of Dress for Success.

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