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"The core message about
interviewing is that you have to do a good job of
selling yourself. Through your appearance, demeanor,
and the way you answer questions, you have to
convince the interviewer that you possess the skills
and personal attributes necessary to be successful
in the job."
Interview Prep Sheet
A job interview is a presentation, a performance,
and an audition. If you are granted an interview, it
means you have successfully grabbed the attention of
an employer who has decided to meet with you in
person, face-to face. The employer has some idea
that you might be qualified for the job, otherwise
he would not be committing valuable time to seeing
To be successful in a job
interview means putting your "best self" forward.
Preparing for an interview involves sharpening your
communication skills, anticipating certain
questions, projecting confidence, maintaining a
positive attitude, displaying enthusiasm,
emphasizing your best attributes, expressing your
personality, and creating a good first impression.
It is important to stress your skills, abilities,
and strengths. You must clearly and confidently
communicate your accomplishments and achievements.
The goal of an interview is to
get a job offer. The purpose of the interview is to
determine whether you are the right fit for the job.
Your interview, then, will be as much about your
personality and attitude as it will be about your
qualifications and credentials.
Interview Prep: Tell
Me About Yourself
Tips for Your Zoom Interview
Job Interview Tips: How To Make a Great Impression
Method: Prepping for Behavioral Interviews
Behavioral Interview Techniques and Strategies
How to Succeed in a Virtual Interview
Ultimate Job Interview Tips
Questions With No Right or Wrong Answer
Interview Advice and Techniques
Approach your interview from the employer’s perspective. It is important
that you focus only on relevant traits and attributes. You should tailor
your presentation so as to emphasize your specific qualifications as they
relate to the requirements of the job in question. Target all of your
comments and remarks to the employer’s concerns. Put yourself in the
employer's shoes. Keep focused on what you can do for the employer rather
than what the employer can do for you. Keep in mind the specific needs,
interests, values, and biases of the employer. Address the issues that you
know the employer cares about. Match your qualifications to their needs.
Make your comments employer-centered rather than self-centered. Speak the
employer's language. Be sure all your statements answer the underlying
most important question: "What can you do for our organization?"
Interview Prep Sheet
Do your homework. Prepare in advance for your job interview by doing some
in-depth research. Gather useful information about the employer. Be
informed and knowledgeable about the company and the job. Plan ahead.
Organize and outline your main ideas in advance. Determine your key
qualifications. Spell out specific details of your background and
credentials and commit to memory the major points of your presentation.
Rehearse your presentation beforehand by conducting a mock interview.
Practice formulating and expressing your responses to potential questions.
"A job interview is a business meeting between a job candidate and one or
more interviewers. The purpose is to determine whether a match exists
between what the company requires and what the candidate offers."
-JOHN LA FEVRE
Ten Critical Interview Skills
Video Interview Tips
Tell Me About
Yourself: Job Interview Tips
How to Ace the Job
Millennial Job Interview
Questions and Answers
How To Dress for a Job Interview
Relate a few relevant stories, testimonials, or anecdotal examples as a
way of providing supportive evidence of your skills and abilities. Telling
stories also allows you the opportunity to communicate positive feelings
and emotions, a sense of enthusiasm, pride, and dedication .Ask
appropriate questions. Prepare a few good solid questions in advance.
Don't ask about salary and benefits. Ask questions that reflect your
professional attitude and motivation. Express an interest in wanting to
learn more about the company.
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