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Interview Tip # 1: Prepare

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Prepare. You can never over prepare for an interview. Start by knowing your own skills, work history, education and industry in general. Whether you are looking to keep your job, grow in your career, or find a new job it is important to take your job and/or career seriously.

Think you have nothing to worry about? Think again! No one’s position is safe in today’s mercurial economy. One of my friend’s husbands commented in person once, “I wish I had something I was as passionate about as you.” I thanked him rather than ask, you have a job too – you aren’t passionate about that? About finding a new one at least? Nothing?

Always have a current resume ready to go with a minimum of editing for a given job or employer. Be familiar with the wording and be able to explain each sentence. What do you like and dislike about your current job? Previous jobs? What did you accomplish at each? What were your challenges? What are you looking for in your next job and how will you benefit your next employer?

Review articles and books about how to answer interview questions in your field and in general. A brief list follows this article. It may seem unnecessary, but it isn’t - write answers you want to practice and edit them with a critical eye to get started. Then practice with someone asking the questions as an employer would. The phone will do for now. You may need to do this more than once.

Before the interview practice in person, if possible, and dress as you will for your interview. Hire a professional if possible. Typically it doesn’t cost too much and it is worth the few dollars you will spend. If not, practice with someone whose opinion and judgment you trust.

By preparing, even over-preparing, you will gain you a feeling of mastery that can help you perform your best in an interview by giving you a boost to your self-confidence.

Know the company, job, your resume and your career goals inside and out and practice answering every interview question that applies….

So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3), Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. Tip # 6 (Breathe), Tip #7 Strike a pose, Tip #8 Smile, and Tip #9 - Ask Questions and Interview Tip #10 (Watch your body language) deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period.

Good Luck!

Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

Articles in my blog

Articles on CAREEREALISM

Articles on the Web

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters-prepared and certified. She is a business owner with nearly 20 years of experience in Corporate Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about Mary and her services: www.life-works.info.

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