Thursday, 14 April 2011

10 Things You Should Do Before The Interview

You must distill VALUE.

Show an employer that you are a wise investment worth their time in training and 

development. Let the interviewer see who you are as a manager, problem solver, team 
member/builder and resource developer/manager with humility.

1. Obtain the name, title, correct spelling and PRONUNCIATION for all interviewers.
 This information will come in handy when you mail or email your interview thank you letters.

2. Know the position for which you are interviewing and review relevant duties and 

responsibilities.Be sure to ask about short and long term goals for the position during
your interview.

3. Note the location/address of the interview. Find out where to park; the best way to 

get to appointment by train, car or bus; where you should check-in when you arrive;
and if any barriers exist.

4. Secure interview schedule and agenda in advance, if possible. Be sure to confirm 

the time, location, and contact person at least 24 hours in advance. To be safe, 
take down the name of the person you are going to interview with as well as 
their assistant or HR contact.

5. Research the organization and/or job. Check the website for information or go to the 

library and research industry and corporate relevant publications, look in the newspaper,
and/or ask friends/colleagues/ family/professional networks.

6. Prepare and practice for questions you may be asked. Have "prove it" answers ready. 
Practice linking soft skills (work traits) to some answers. Begin to recall major
achievements. Memorize your resume. Interviewers will ask you questions based 
on information provided in your resume.

7. Compile questions you need to ask and write them in your note pad. 

You should always have three questions prepared. One of the questions should 
recap the key responsibilities of the position.

8. Collect and have handy information for completing an application, including

 full addresses and phone numbers of employers and schools.

9. Pack for the interview (briefcase or folder): extra resume, reference list, pens, 

company card file, note pad, tissues, mints, application information, certificates of
training and any items you were asked to bring. You should always have a minimum 
of two resumes on hand.

10. Dress conservatively and practice good grooming. Look the part. 

Avoid heavy make-up and scents. Remember to clean nails, shine your shoes and 
clean your eyeglass lenses.

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