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The Interview: Preparation

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Interview Perspective:

An interview invitation has been extended to you because the hiring manager believes you may be a good match for the job opening, and wants to know for sure. The interview is used to determine whether or not you're qualified for the position, motivated to do the job, and the right fit. As the job seeker, you should make use of the interview to determine whether you can be successful in the available position and whether the company will give you the opportunity for professional growth and career development.

Knowing the Dos and Don'ts of interviewing, being prepared, and reviewing likely questions in advance will put you in the best possible position for a successful interview. A successful interview is critical to landing the job you want.

Interview Preparation Tips:

Preparation is essential to remaining calm under pressure and is the first step toward a successful interview. Here are some tips:

Have a clearly defined idea of the position:

When you interview with the company, you want to have a clearly defined idea of what you are looking for. Do not ever be unsure of what you are looking for during an interview!

They may ask you what you are looking for, and you must tailor your answer to correspond to the job description. For example: "I am looking for an administrative assistant position because I really enjoy the diversity such a position offers, and I enjoy utilizing my organizational skills to ensure that others remain organized."

You almost have to act like this is the only company that you are interested in securing a job with. Show lots of interest in the workings of the company. Be as enthusiastic as possible; interviewers can sense whether or not you are interested in the position or the company. Even if you are not interested initially, later on you may change your mind and then it will be too late.

You want to have as many options as possible when it comes time to accept a job offer. It is much easier to decline an offer, then it is to get one!

 

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