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    Preparing For An Interview

    Tiffany Tarpein
    Tiffany Tarpein

    Posts : 112
    Join date : 2010-02-19
    Age : 45
    Location : Austin, TX

    Preparing For An Interview Empty Preparing For An Interview

    Post  Tiffany Tarpein on Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:52 pm

    Know Yourself

    What are my skills and abilities? What are my strengths?
    How do my skills and experiences relate to the position and employers’ needs?
    What contributions will I bring to the employer?
    Am I willing to relocate?
    How do my values compare to the philosophy of the organization?
    What points do I want to be sure to get across during the interview?

    How does this position fit into my career goals?
    If interviewing in a country other than your home country, do you understand the cultural expectations?

    Prepare Yourself

    Obtain a copy of the job description.
    Use the employer information and the employer’s websites to gather information (annual reports, employee handbooks, policy statements, employee newsletters) on the organization.
    Locate the employer’s home page on the Internet.
    Conduct informational interviews with persons in similar positions to learn about the career field and how your skills may apply.
    Develop a list of appropriate questions that reflect your research.
    Be sure to know the culture of the country where you are interviewing. U.S. employers are expecting you to articulate your future career goals and past accomplishments. They are assessing you according to American values such as self-confidence, initiative, directness, and individualism.


    Review attached list of questions most asked during an interview as well as list of questions to prospective employers.
    Practice answering interview questions (out loud).
    Schedule a mock interview, through the Office of Career Services, to gain experience and feedback.
    Be aware of your body language…what is your body language under pressure?
    Remember to smile and be yourself!


    Confirm date, time and place of interview.
    Pack several copies of your resume; a list of references, including names, titles, addresses and telephone numbers; writing samples if appropriate; and letters of recommendation.
    Dress appropriately (conservative business attire).
    Be punctual. Plan to arrive early.

    Research the Occupation:

    Know the area in which you are interested:

    Read articles written by people who are in the field.
    Inform yourself about future trends.
    Check if your interests and abilities compare to the requirements of the position.
    Find out the average income earned by people in the occupation.

    Some methods of finding this information include:

    Conduct information interviews.
    Reading the information in the Connection Centre (Student Life & Career Services), either through Internet or hard copy publications.
    Talking to friends, relatives or others.

    Researching the Organization:

    Before the job interview, you should research the organization. It is easier to convince an employer that you would be of benefit to the organization if you are knowledgeable about it. In addition, information obtained through research can help you decide whether you want to work for a specific organization.

    General areas to research:

    How old is the organization, and what is its history of development?
    Where are the plants, offices, or stores located?
    What are its products or services?
    If the organization sells, what are its markets? Retailers? Wholesalers?
    What are its new products?
    Is it a public or non-profit organization? What purpose does it serve? How is it funded? Whom does it serve? What functions does it perform?
    How does this organization rank in the industry?
    What is the financial status of the company? Last year’s sales? Growth record?
    Are there any plans for expansion?
    What is the organizational structure?
    How does the organization fit into the community? To what degree is it committed to solving community problems?
    What problems does the organization need to overcome? (By identifying the problems that the organization faces, you can match your abilities to these ends during the interview.)

    One of the best ways to find company information is on the Internet. You should be able to find plenty of information to get you started by exploring the Web with a good browser and search engine. Just entering the company name in the search engine will usually result in success.

    Here are five things that most employers want to know about you.

    1. They want to know if you are qualified for the position.
    What are your greatest strengths?
    Do you have experience in this field?
    What do you believe you bring to this job?
    Why should I hire you?

    2. They want to know what motivates you.
    What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
    Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    What is more important to you, the money or the job?
    What did you like most about your last job?

    3. They want to know about the negatives.
    Why did you leave your previous job?
    What did you like least about your last supervisor?
    What is your greatest weakness?
    What did you like least about your last job?
    Why have you been unemployed so long?

    4. They want to know if you are a good fit.
    What kind of people do you find it hard to work with?
    Tell me about a time when you worked as a member of a team.
    In what kind of environment are you most comfortable?
    Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

    5. They want to know if you want their job with their company.
    What are you looking for in a position?
    Who else are you interviewing with?
    Why are you interested in this position?
    What do you know about the company?

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