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Interview Prep

The interview is one of the most important elements in the job search process. When an employer invites you to an interview, they are indicating an interest in bringing you on board. The interview gives both of you the opportunity to exchange enough information to determine if you are a good "fit" for each other. In many cases, you will interview at least twice before being hired for a position. Once during a brief screening interview (typically a phone screen) and at least once again in a more serious meeting when you may also speak with many of your potential coworkers. 

The job interview is a conversation with a purpose. Your goal is to show the employer that you have the skills, background, and ability to do the job and that you can successfully fit into the organization and its culture. The interview is also your opportunity to gather information about the job, the organization, and future career opportunities to figure out if the position and work environment are right for you. 

Most employers do not hire people based on merit alone. Personality, confidence, enthusiasm, a positive outlook, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills count heavily in the selection process. 

After your cover letter and resume, the interview is your best opportunity to wow the employer-regardless of your background and experience. Use every possible strategy to develop effective interviewing skills. The best way is to prepare a selective presentation of your background, thoughtful answers to potential interview questions, well ­researched questions about the organization, and an effective strategy to market yourself. Also consider your career goals and what the available job offers so that you can discuss both of these topics with employers. Interviewing is a skill that improves and becomes easier with practice. 

The Interview League will instruct you on: 

  • How to conduct research about the potential employer
  • How to dress for success based on the interview location
  • Being prepared to answer the difficult questions
  • Selecting three (3) key stories that best exemplify your skills
  • Striking a "power" pose.  Your interviewer will decide within the first minute (maximum) if you are the right fit for the position and company.
  • The importance of team chemistry
  • Being organized
  • Questions to and not to ask during the interview
  • Effective follow-up strategies after the interview

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