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New year, but old school interview prep still works

Even though it is a new year, old school interview preparation could separate you from the competition for interviews with prospective Phoenix employers. In the recent AAED Symposium, employers said over and over again that the softer skills and ability to assimilate into a company’s culture are crucial to being at the top of the candidate list. Some of this could be exhibited through your preparation for the first impression to an employer at a face-to-face interview.

  • Dress to impress. Avoid the bright colors and bold prints. You don’t want to walk out of the interview and the only thing the employer remembers is your bright red earrings or hot pink tie. After choosing your outfit at least a day in advance, wear it around your house to get comfortable in it, including your shoes (especially heels for women) so you are not fidgeting with your outfit during the interview.
  • Research the company but don’t memorize their mission statement. Check out the Facebook and LinkedIn company pages for updates and current trends. These sites are updated more frequently than their company website so it is an easy way to get caught up.
  • Confirm the interview date, time, location and number of interviewers. Have an idea about the background of the interviewers, their position in the company, and how long they have been there will give you a better idea of how to prepare questions to ask them.
  • Prepare questions to ask the employer. You are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. Answering that you “have no additional questions” at the end of the interview may put you behind your competition. Prepare questions that you really want the answer to and will be helpful in making a decision if you receive a job offer.

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