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The Job Interview

Remember, resumes alone don’t get you a job; they get you an interview. The interview is, therefore, another critical stage in the job-search process for which you need to be very well prepared for. You should be sufficiently prepared to convince the prospective employer that you’re the right person for the job. You need to assertively show that you have the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills. This requires serious practice and preparation. To help you with this process, prepare a “two minute pitch” to present an overview of your experience, strengths, and career goal, which you can use any time, either face-to-face or on the phone.  Be prepared to talk about yourself. Expect questions like which commonly asked: Tell me about yourself. The best way to respond to question like that is as follows:

Step One; Think of this question as a promotion piece for yourself. Give a brief summary of the major qualification and strength for the position, and why you are interested. Briefly show your knowledge of the organization, and if possible the position you are being interviewed for.

Step Two: Give a brief highlight of your strength and what you have accomplished and hope to bring to the position you are being interviewed for.

Step Three: Briefly give example of experiences to support your record. Say why you have the qualification and experience for the position. 

As you present this, show strong interest and passion in the job you are applying for .

We have a lot of resources to help you present yourself effectively. 

Check our web site for more information.

The following are quick tips:

  • Dress formally and appropriately for the interview
  • Always be on time for an interview. Get there at least 15 minutes before the starting time of the interview.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Practice a firm handshake. Make eye contact when shaking hands.
  • Start an interview with a firm handshake and a smile,  saying 'It's nice to meet you. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.'
  • In the interview, avoid bringing up controversial topics such as: religion, politics, etc.
  • Refrain from complaining or being negative. Do not speak negatively about previous employers or your school, etc.
  • When being introduced or introducing someone, always rise.
  • Unless given permission, address the interviewer by his or her title and last name.
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