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Job interview tips: Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints:

  • Teach yourself about the company you are interviewing for and make sure you show sincere interest in the position you have applied for.
  • Be prepared to ask questions to ensure the company is the right fit for you
  • Dress appropriately. In order to act professional, you must take the time to look professional.
  • Come across as friendly and not desperate. Focus on creating a positive personal image for yourself rather than searching for sympathy.
  • Keep your answers focused and to the point.
  • Practice, practice, practice! Don’t try to memorize answers, but organize your main points and present them logically.
  • Take the time to say thank you in person, and write a thank you note after the interview to use as a follow-up opportunity.
  • Prepare for the “What’s your weakness?” question. Show how you have overcome these weaknesses. Slow progress is better than no progress.

Pre-interview Preparation

  • Client research and product analysis
  • Prepare to communicate value through your prior accomplishments

Find “Hot Buttons”

  • Unspoken concerns or wishes that the interviewer may have
  • Ask the following questions:

What do you see as the greatest challenge for this position?
What qualities do you see as most important for this position?

  • LISTEN – then match your qualities to interviewer’s motivations

Close

  • Enticing cover letter
  • Resume must motivate reader to reach out to you
  • Ask for a second interview – Be bold!