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Going on Your Next Employment Interview

Job interviews can be challenging and stressful.  Planning ahead and being prepared for hard questions will give you an edge. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth interview.

Tips:

  1. Practice interviewing ahead of time so you are comfortable with the process.
  2. Make sure your qualifications are appropriate for the position at hand.  Be ready to demonstrate your proficiency in the tasks associated with the job.
  3. Be prepared. Learn all you can about the company ahead of time.  Have an understanding of the business and the services provided.
  4. Dress appropriately. Project an image of workplace professionalism.  Understanding the environment of the business is critical.
  5. Speak slowly and with confidence.  Be prepared to sell yourself without being overbearing.   If you don’t know the answer, be honest.  Eye contact is essential and body language should convey a positive attitude.
  6. Don’t lie!  Exaggerations about previous jobs or experiences can, and will, come back to haunt you.  Employers do background checks, including previous positions and duties.   Be honest about what skills you have.
  7. Don’t interrupt the interviewer to interject your opinions or responses.
  8. Don’t bad mouth your old company or supervisors during the interview.
  9. Ask questions when given the opportunity.  For example, show interest in the position by asking specific questions about the tasks or ask questions about where the company sees itself in 5 years.

Send a follow up “thank you” letter to the interviewer showing your appreciation while conveying your continued interest in the position.

-Tracy Frischkorn, HR Director



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