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Interview Preparedness

It's no secret that job interviews can be very stressful for people. But with a little preparation and knowledge on what to expect, interviews can become much easier... so much that you may even look forward to them...

Prepare a brief information statement. Interviewers usually begin an interview with the question, "Tell me about yourself and your background?" Be ready with a statement that includes some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your experience, strengths and skills. Practice saying this statement with a friend until it feels natural.

Be ready to talk about your successes. The interviewer will want to know about your past experience - successes, your work ethic, and your track record. Be able to discuss everything you have included on your resume.

Be courteous. Everyone you meet during your interview - from the receptionist to the interviewer - should be treated with respect. The receptionist might not be conducting the interview, but his or her opinion of you might be solicited.

Ask questions. At the end of an interview, the interviewer usually asks, "Do you have any questions?" Be prepared with a question or two about the job or industry. This is your chance to see if the job is right for you.

Here are some good questions to consider asking:
  • Why is the job open? Is this a new position or an existing one?
  • Are there growth opportunities with this job?
  • Is there a written job description?
  • Does the company offer training?
  • What happened to the last person who had the job?
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