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Before the Interview

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Prepare some general background information on your particular career field

  • Find out what some common industry problems or issues are: e.g. government relations, international price competition etc.
  • What have been some of the major news items in the business or other trade publications in the past year or six months?

Research the organization that you are interviewing with

  • Find out what products or services the employer produces or performs.
  • Find out what the employer's reputation is within the industry.
  • Find out who the employer's competitors are. What are they doing in the field? What new advances are being made?

Remember that employers may list more qualifications than can be met - don't be discouraged by this "screening" device. Remain confident in your skills and abilities.

Relax yourself by planning ahead

  • Prepare for the "Tell me about yourself" question. Prepare a story for every point on your resume.
  • Think about the kinds of questions that you would like to ask the interviewer. Make a list of questions.
  • Be prepared to discuss salary, if the question arises.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice... Call Career Services and schedule a Mock Interview with a qualified career counselor.

Let your confidence show through your preparation

  • Make sure you know what position you are interviewing for and what the job really entails.
  • Prior to the interview, think about the five questions that you most dread, and then work on the answers.
  • What are the tasks that are probably associated with the job? List and then match them with a related skill or ability of your own.
  • Know the interviewer by name before you walk into the interview.
  • Know the exact location of your interview, parking, floor, and suite.
  • Arrive on time!!!

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