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Job Help - General Interviewing Tips

Job Help - General Interviewing Tips

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GENERAL INTERVIEWING TIPS
 
The job interview is usually the most anxiety-producing aspect of the job search process. No two interviews are alike. They vary in style and format de-pending upon the interviewer and the ap-plicant. The content, however, typically centers on two issues: what you can of-fer the employer and what the employer can offer you. Careful preparation will
enable you to be more confdent and to
present yourself as an attractive poten-tial employee. You should remember that successful interviewing takes practice, patience, feedback, and good humor. Research the employer 
: Only request interviews with employers in which you have a genuine interest. Review all available information on the employer and formulate intelligent questions to ask during the interview. Demonstrate that you’ve done your homework and you’ll make a strong impression. The Internet is a great research tool as many employers have their own Web sites.
Review your resume:
Be prepared to discuss anything included on your re-sume, such as schools attended, courses taken, experiences, activities, and interests. Bring extra copies of your resume, transcript, references, and writing sample in case the interviewer asks for these.
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Dress professionally:
 Arrive 5-10 minutes in advance of your interview. Take a few minutes to freshen up, compose yourself, and gather your thoughts.
Be conscious of body language:
 Begin the interview with a solid handshake. Sit tall with your shoulders back, not stiff, and head erect. Sitting up properly
makes you appear visually strong and interested in what’s going on. Avoid
intimidating gestures such as stabbing with a nger or winking. Maintain
eye contact and don’t take notes during the interview. Also, don’t forget to smile.
Speak clearly:
Enunciating and putting forth the best possible image is
important. Avoid llers such as “um” and “you know.” Use your voice effec
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tively and positively. Answer questions with condence and clarity. Make a
conscious effort to slow down your speaking tempo. Speak in declarative sentences and be as direct as possible.
Listen to the questions:
 Answer questions directly and take time to think before answering, but do not digress or talk too long. If an interviewer asks a vague question, do not struggle and make a lame attempt to provide an answer. Rather, ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify the question. If it still isn’t clear, don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand what is being asked.
Ask intelligent, pertinent questions:
 Always have questions prepared. These should relate to the employer, the interviewer, and the position for which you are applying. You can avoid painful silences by being prepared with questions and having done your research on the employer.Remember that it is not generally a good idea to ask about salary or ben-
ets during an initial interview.
Be prepared to talk about grades:
 Discuss them honestly and realistically.
Highlight qualities that may not be reected in your GPA. Mention specic
accomplishments that demonstrate your skills. If appropriate, talk about circumstances that might have contributed to a lower grade point in a given semester.
Be yourself: Personality is important.
 Relax and try to convey con
-dence, sincerity, and maturity. Inject any relevant information about yourself that has not been covered, but which you feel is important to mention. If a potential employer has agreed to interview you, you have already im-pressed that employer with your credentials. You must then establish a personal rapport with the interviewer. Show some life and enthusiasm.
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QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED
You may want to prepare for job interviews by reviewing the following typical interview questions and formulating concise, intelligent, yet unre-hearsed, answers. You should always answer an interviewer’s question
with more than a simple “yes” or “no.” You might want to offer concrete
examples to support your points. Every interview question gives you the opportunity to present additional information that you want the interviewer to have. In this way, you can focus on your greatest strengths.
•What are your short- and long-term goals?•What are your strengths and weaknesses?•What motivates you?•What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?•What courses did you like best and least? Why?• Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement?•Who else are you interviewing with?•Why are you interviewing with us?•What can I tell you about our organization?•How can you contribute to our organization?•What two or three things are most important to you in a job?•What have you learned from your work experiences?•Describe the ideal job for you.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER
Solid preparation for any interview also dictates that you formulate some questions for the interviewer. You should ask these with honesty and sin-cerity and show real interest in hearing the answers.
General Questions
•Why did you choose the type of work that you do?•What is the growth plans for the rm, company or agency?•How and when are the hiring decisions made?•When can I expect to hear back from you?•What do you see as the benets/drawbacks of working at a rm your size?•What type of client base does the rm have? Does it rely heavily on one client?•How would you describe the rm culture?•How are promotions made? What will a typical career pattern look like?•How common are transfers?•What type of evaluation process do you have?•If I accept the offer, will I have a voice in choosing the kind of work I do?
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