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What you should know before you to that job interview

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Congratulations! Your stellar resume helped you land the job interview! Make sure you know the following information before going in:

  • Be versed on what the company does: Know what the company does before you go to the interview. If you don’t, you may look like an amateur and this will probably ruin your chances for getting the job. Instead, be sure to visit the company webpage and familiarize yourself with the organization's mission statement.
  • Understand how you will fit in: Goal …mission…project…objectives. How will you fit in with this company and help them reach each of these? If you are not sure how you can use your skills as part of the team, it may be best to take an assessment, discover what you have to offer, and be prepared to speak on it during your interview.
  • Advocate and know your worth: This is always a gray and never-dull area. Before you meet the interviewer face-to-face, make sure you understand what you are worth, what compensation you expect, and ultimately what compensation you will be happy with. You are not a bargain. Companies do expect to pay for your expertise. Let them know that you know what you are worth.
  • Acknowledge your work style: Think about your ideal workplace and do you see cubicles, or wide and open space? With the organization you are targeting, is there an area that you will be able to individualize? Because you are at a job for the majority of your day, you’ll want the experience to be as pleasant as possible. For this reason, do not forget to ask about the work environment. You don’t want to be surprised by the location of your desk on your first day of work.

Remember you've been invited to the interview to provide more information about your skills and qualifications. Make sure you are duly familiar with the information above before sitting down with your potential employer.

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