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Tips for Interviewing

Job candidates should always research the company they are considering for employment. In preparation for your interview, it is important to anticipate the questions an employer might ask. Be confident in what you are looking for in a job and the kind of organization for which you want to work.

Be Prepared

  • Research the organization and visit the company’s Web site. Has the company been in the news lately? What are their strengths? What is the mission statement?

  • Prepare a list of questions. Practice asking them. Examples:

    • What are the hours/shifts/rotation?

    • What are the expectations of me?

    • Do you have a career ladder?

    • What are my opportunities for growth?

    • Will there be weekend requirements?

  • Review common interview questions.  Think of answers.  Be prepared to talk about your strengths, weaknesses, and career goals.  Think of good examples from your schooling/career that you can use to paint a picture for the interviewer.

Be on Time

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    If possible, make a trial run to the interview site at the same time of day as your scheduled interview.

  • Make sure you have directions to your interview location.

  • If taking public transportation, give yourself plenty of time in case of delays.

  • Arrive 15 minutes early.

  • Ask where to park.

 Be Your Best

  • Go to your interview alone. Do not take children or friends.

  • Greet the employer with a firm handshake and say your name clearly.

  • Dress professionally! You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

  • Make eye contact with the interviewer.

  • Listen! Pay attention when the interviewer is speaking. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused. It is okay to take a minute to think about your answer.

  • Answer questions as directly as possible.

  • If you have worked before, talk about your work history and experiences.

  • Use specific examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.

  • Bring your "fact sheet" of contact information for your references and former employers. Having that information readily available will you complete an employment application.

  • Be enthusiastic and positive. Remember: a great resume may get you in the door, but it is your personality that keeps you there.

Common Reasons a Candidate is Not Hired

  • Untidy personal appearance;

  • Inability to express information clearly;

  • Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm;

  • Negative attitude;

  • Lack of eye contact;

  • Incomplete or sloppy application; and/or

  • Arriving late for the interview.

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