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Monday, June 18, 2007

Preparing for a new job?

Most people would agree that going to a job interview can be one of the most intimidating and anxiety ridden events in their life. Tonight we will look at some tips for those of you who might be preparing for a job change and tips for attaining that new position.

Career coaches talk about the importance of “preparing” for an interview. What does that mean?
1. Experts suggest that you spend 3 hours preparing for an interview
2. Draft answers to the most common interview questions and practice answering
them aloud
3. Read up on the company and their mission
4. Make a dry run drive to the interview site so you know exactly how long it
takes, the just where the company is located.

What are some of the typical questions asked by interviewers?

1. Why should we hire you? (sell your qualifications and what you bring to the
2. Why do you want to work here? (here’s where you talk about what you know
about the company and how you can fit in)
3. What is your greatest weakness (talk about a weakness and how you have worked
to improve that weakness to make it more of a strength)
4. What accomplishment are you most proud of ? (try to find something that
relates to the job position or something that demonstrates you can meet the
company’s needs)

What are the most common mistakes a candidate makes?
1. Answering questions with one-word answers or sounding like they are reading
from a script.
2. Being unprepared and not knowing about the company
3. Attending the interview improperly groomed
4. Being dishonest about your achievements or expertise

~Remember there are trained career counselors who can help you prepare for job interviews… but the most important element is to show your passion to work hard and be dedicated to giving all you have to a company.

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