How to Effectively Prepare for A Job Interview

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Be prepared: Research and study all job accountabilities for the position interviewing for. Do a background search on the company you are interviewing with and learn what the company stands for. Be truly prepared to give a real answer when you are asked why you want to work for their particular business. Make a list of questions to ask the interviewer about your position, your team and/or co-workers, and any expectations that they clearly have for the position you are interviewing for. Before leaving your home; make sure to have clearly written directions (try to go there before the interview so you do not get lost), their address, contact phone numbers, and important names of people you will be interviewing for.  

Research and study all job accountabilities for the position interviewing for. Do a background search on the company you are interviewing with and learn what the company stands for. Be truly prepared to give a real answer when you are asked why you want to work for their particular business. Make a list of questions to ask the interviewer about your position, your team and/or co-workers, and any expectations that they clearly have for the position you are interviewing for. Before leaving your home: make sure to have clearly written directions (try to go there before the interview so you do not get lost), their address, contact phone numbers, and important names of people you will be interviewing for.

DO: Truly know what your current and past job responsibilities are. Put thought into each task you perform and if there are any challenges in completing them. Be prepared, if asked, to answer any questions about how you overcome challenging, stressful business situations, as well as how you handle challenges and conflicts with co-workers. Answer all interview questions concisely and clearly. Say, “I don’t know” if you really do not know. Review and practice different applications you will be required to work with, especially if you haven’t used them in a long time or you just need to brush up on the skills. Take notes at the interview, this conveys that you are interested.
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Items you should be ready to discuss if brought up: Conflict management, customer service, what interests you about the position, why you are the best for the position, credible skills and qualifications that support you, and the most challenging, as well as the least challenging tasks of your current position.
Sell yourself: Go into the interview with a typed list of your top 4-5 accomplishments from your current position or from another job if it specifically relates to the position you are interviewing for. This way you are fully prepared to answer questions about your accomplishments. Know and list all of your strengths and weakness’. People who answer that they do not have any weaknesses are not believable, however people who acknowledge their weaknesses and state how they are working to overcome them are not only believable, but also desirable. Speak with confidence, a firm tone and clear language.
At the end of the interview, if you are still interested in the position, then ask for the job!

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