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It's Showtime...The Interview

BEFORE:

  • Research, research, research!
  • Know organization's major products/services.
  • Chain of command.
  • Appropriate salary ranges.
  • Job requirements of position you are applying for.
  • Know your strengths.
  • Your long and short term goals
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask.
  • Confirm date, time and place of interview.

DURING

  • Dress appropriately; good grooming
  • Be on time (5 minutes early)
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Be pleasant and courteous.
  • No nervous habits (tapping foot, smoking, etc).
  • Allow interviewer to take the lead in questioning
  • Select words careful- take a few seconds to prepare answer, and then respond.
  • Avoid slang.
  • Do not criticize past employer.
  • Maintain a positive attitude - no negatives.
  • Attempt to limit responses to 60 seconds each.
  • Attend to non-verbal cues.
  • Tell what you do well.
  • Say 'thank you'.

AFTER

  • Make notes soon after leaving interview.
  • WRITE THANK YOU NOTES!
  • Follow up contacts.
  • Consider changes for future interviews