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Interview Preparation


  • Think about your skills, interests, and values.
  • Consider your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be able to discuss decisions you have made and the thought behind them.
  • Identify accomplishments you are proud of and things you might have done differently.
  • Prepare examples to demonstrate how you have developed your skills.
  • Be able to articulate why you are interested in this field, not just the position itself.
  • Think through and define your long-term goals.
  • Research the employer, the position, and the industry or field.
  • Know what salary range is usual for this type of position.
  • Review current periodicals and trade journals to learn about current trends in the field.
  • Review mission statements, annual reports, and company literature, if you can acquire them.
  • Think about the firm's competitors, its clients or customers.
  • Familiarize yourself with the employer's organizational structure.
  • Define how your skills and experience will be an asset for the employer Be your "best" self; let them get to know you and what you can bring to the organization.
  • Think about what an employer wants to know and prepare examples.
  • Prepare a game plan or strategy for every interview; make sure you share the information that you feel is most appropriate and relevant.
  • Keep to the point.
  • Don't bring up extraneous matters.
  • Be as specific as possible.
  • Don't try to dominate the interview.
  • Let the interviewer guide the questions.
  • Ask appropriate and well thought out questions.
  • Don't expect an offer on the spot.