Job Interview Process

By Blake Wescoatt

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Before the Interview

  1. Research all that you can about the company so you can show your employer your interest.
  2. Know where your going and who your getting interviewed by and find the correct pronunciation of their name.
  3. Prepare several resumes and cover letters on quality paper.
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During the Interview

  1. Ask how you address your interviewer.
  2. Treat all people professionally.
  3. Be ready to talk about a skill you have.
  4. Listen carefully to the interviewer and answer all questions asked.

5 Common Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself: Don't tell them about your favorite things to do. Tell them about your experience in your position and accomplishments you felt really good about.
  2. What is your greatest weakness: Don't say anything that would be a critical part of the job.
  3. What did you like least about your last job: Don't be negative about it. Try to talk about the better things that you didn't like about the jobs.
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Not really a good answer to this question but you should say something generally like I hope to be well established as someone who is helping that.
  5. Tell me about a time you failed: Think about a time a work related incident didn't go so well.
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After the interview

Ask for their business card.

Send a thank you note with specific details.

follow up in 1-2 weeks if not given a specific time frame.

If someone else has been hired send a follow up note that says you enjoyed the interview.

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Dressing for men

  1. Suit
  2. Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  3. Belt
  4. Tie
  5. Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  6. Little or no jewelry
  7. Neat, professional hairstyle
  8. Limit the aftershave
  9. Neatly trimmed nails
  10. Portfolio or briefcase
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Dressing for Women

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase
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