Interview Techniques

Preparation is the key to a successful interview.  Research the organization before you interview.  What is their definition of a successful employee?  Make a list of the questions that you think that you will be asked during the interview and write out the answers.  Make sure to consider any questions about your resume and experience, even if you may find these questions uncomfortable to answer.  Think proactively and prepare your answers carefully.  Make a second list of the questions that you would like to ask during your interview.  These questions should focus on the employer and their expectations for the position.  Avoid questions about time off and benefits during the first interview.  Finally, make a list of the things that you would like the employer to know about you.  At the conclusion of the interview, when the employer asks if you have any questions, you will have the opportunity to share your accomplishments, if you have this list prepared.  This preparation also ensures that you do not leave the interview wishing that you had the opportunity to share your results.

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