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Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation


In today's competitive employment market, your resume has to stand out to get the attention of the decision maker and create a strong interest. Employers are inundated with resumes so you have thirty seconds to separate yourself and create a positive impression.

Organize your thoughts in a clear concise manner. Remember, your resume is written for the employer, not you. It must answer the following questions: How do you present yourself to others? What have you done in the past? What will you accomplish in the future?

Proofread your resume for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Also check dates of employment and confirm accuracy.

Do not put your Social Security Number on your resume for security reasons.

Bring extra copies for your visit.

Interview Tip

Directions: Get directions prior to your interview so you don't get lost and arrive late. If for some reason you're running late, call ahead to ask if you can reschedule for later the same day or, if not, later in the week. If something unexpected happens that you have no control over, simply explain the situation to the employer when you arrive.

Enthusiasm: Leave no doubt as to your interest in the job. All things being equal an employer will choose the candidate they like best, who shows they want the job.

Questions to Ask

What is the most important issue facing your department?

How could I help you accomplish your objectives?

Is there a particular skill or attribute necessary for the person in this role?

Questions to Expect

Why do you want to leave your current position?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What are your goals?

How soon can you start the position if it were offered?

What are your salary expectations?

Response: " I feel the opportunity is the most important issue, not salary. If we decide to work together, I'm sure you will make me a fair offer."

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