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The interview is the most important part of your career search. Most of your energy should be devoted to acing it. The 3 Ds of dress, demeanor and dialogue sum up the keys to interviewing success. Like anything, the more interviews you do, the sharper your skills will become.

1. Research about the company to get an inside view.

2. Rehearse the interview to be prepared.

3. Establishe Goals to be effectively communicative.

4. Dress for the Part. Convey an image of professionalism, authority and competence.

5. Develop a brief introduction in wich you describe your experience, goals, and suitability for the job in question.

6. During the Interview focus on the virtues of teamwork and how your talents and experience would match well with others in the department.

7. Always ask questions when the interviewer asks if you have any. This is critical—it's a further chance to interact, gather information, and impress that you are the best person for the job.

8. When referring to past accomplishments, use the pronouns "we" and "us" to show you are a team player capable of giving credit to others. If the topic of negative past job experiences comes up, don't panic! Stress your ability to learn from mistakes, and your ability to put unpleasant things behind you.

9. Remember something most job seekers don't realize — when interviewing applicants, the interviewers usually end up weighing the applicant against others, rather than against the position itself.

10. Always get the business card of anyone you meet when interviewing.

 
     
Interview "DO"s   Interview "DON'T"s

1. Smile.
2. Listen attentively.
3. Make eye contact.
4. Maintain an open posture, forward slightly to show interest.
5. Ask for the job.

 

1. Look at your watch.
2. Discuss money.
3. Speak negatively of past employers.
4. Answer questions with a simple 'yes' or 'no'.
5. Fold your arms.

     
Be Prepared to Answer Questions Such As:    

1. Tell us about yourself.
2. Why should we hire you rather than anyone else?
3. How would you describe your own personality?
4. Can you work under deadlines/pressures?
5. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
6. Do you consider yourself dependable? Why?
7. Can you manage people?

   

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Looking for work can be a full-time job in itself and a challenging experience. Don't be discouraged if you don't find the job you want immediately. This is particularly true if you have relocated or are beginning a new career. These situations call for a lot of adjustment.

If you are new in town, the market value of the same job you had prior to moving may be lower. If you are a professional who is making a mid- career switch, you might have to accept an entry level position to get your foot in the door. Please remember that through all these challenges, your Representative will be with you to support and guide you through the entire process.

As an expert in the employment field, your Representative is very committed to helping you succeed. Take the time to discuss every opportunity with your Representative. He or she knows the market and will help you make the best possible first impression on potential employers.

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