Job Interview Process

By: Sydney Simmons

Before the Interview

  • Research the company for background knowledge
  • Find out where you are going
  • Make a list of questions to ask
  • Practice and prepare for the questions you'll be asked
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During the Interview

  • Confidently introduce yourself
  • Give a firm handshake
  • Arrive 5-15 minutes before the interview starts
  • Bring an extra copy of your resume
  • Bring a paper and a pen
  • Ask questions about the company and its common work day
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5 Common Interview Questions and Tips on how to answer them

  • Tell me about yourself; focus on three or four areas within your resume, be concise, show enthusiasm, and don't get personal
  • What do you know about the company; research about the company and your job position
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses; be straightforward and key is to demonstrate your willingness to work on improving them for the job
  • Why do you want to leave your current position; be positive and focus on the benefits
  • Where do you see yourself in five years; looking for an indication of long-term commitment
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Answers To The 3 Most Common Interview Questions

After the Interview

  • Make sure they're done asking you questions
  • Ask any questions you have for them
  • Shake their hand and thank them for their time
  • Send a thank you letter or email
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Writing a Thank You Letter after the Interview

Dress for the Interview

  • Dress one or two levels up
  • Use your judgement
  • Limit perfume/cologne
  • Avoid casual clothing
Women: solid color dress or skirt, limited jewelry and make-up

Men: suit and tie, nice dress pants, black dress shoes

Interview Don'ts

  • Don't smoke
  • Don't chew gum
  • Don't say anything negative about anyone
  • Don't lie
  • Don't answer questions with "yes" or "no", explain your answer
  • Don't bring up personal or family issues
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Interview Dos and Don'ts