In the Days Before the Interview
- Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left side, make a bulleted list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting. On the right side, make a bulleted list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
- Research the company, the industry and the competition.
- Prepare your 60-second personal statement—your answer
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Before you even think of heading off to a first-round interview–or mass-mailing your resume–you’d better do some detective work. Recruiters constantly stress the importance of doing adequate research before you start interviewing.
While there are no easy answers when it comes to the job search, recruiters say that one factor clearly distinguishes the best candidates from the also-rans: their knowledge of the company … [ Read more ]
It is imperative to prepare yourself for this meeting, do not wing it!
Preparation is two fold. You must do a self-assessment of how your abilities and experiences match the job and also research the organization well.
Review your resume with the job you are interviewing for in mind.
- Identify all your achievements both from your work and education. Quantify when possible.
- Identify leadership roles, honors, internships, class projects and volunteer experience.
- Be prepared to answer the key question “Why do you want to work for this company and this industry?
- Practice (yes, this is necessary!) Role play the interview, have someone ask
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You should be prepared for a few different approaches to interviewing. You may encounter behavioral interviewing or the case approach to interviewing. On occasion a company may give a stress interview to determine how a candidate handles himself under pressure. You may also get a panel interview, however employers often tell you in advance so you are prepared for it.
The interview is all about you; you are the expert in this situation. Your job in the interview is to make sure the recruiter has enough information to make a yes decision at the end of the meeting. It is important to talk about your strengths and achievements throughout the interview. Try to make a strong case for the good fit between you and the … [ Read more ]