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Interview Tips and Resources

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Interview Tips, NACE's Planning Job Choices

  • Learn about the employer’s business and the job's requirements. Understand the possible career paths. Prepare questions based on your research.
  • Rehearse to talk about the specifics of your resume; be prepared to discuss your experience and accomplishments, how you can contribute to the organization, and your interest in the position you are being interviewed for.
  • Have a strategy for the interview. Identify skills and experience valued in the industry or the field. Be prepared to give examples of your accomplishments. Prepare appropriate questions to ask.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early so that you can have time to organize your ideas and check your appearance.
  • From the way you dress to how you interact with people, present yourself as a professional; be friendly and polite to everyone. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, a smile, and eye contact that shows confidence.
  • Show genuine interest in the organization. Be a good listener and project a positive demeanor.
  • Make a strong case for yourself and give a good summary of your qualifications and your interest in the position. Avoid questions about salary, vacation, and other benefits in the first interview. Ask about the next step in the process, and get a business card from the interviewer.
  • After the interview, send a well composed thank-you letter stressing your interest in the position.

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