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How to Prepare for a Job Interview. Five Steps to Successful Interviewing. Research the Company. Location Products & Services Customers Philosophy Recent News Financial Information. Prepare for the Interview. Practice with a friend Prepare materials to take on interview

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Five Steps to Successful Interviewing


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Research the Company

  • Location

  • Products & Services

  • Customers

  • Philosophy

  • Recent News

  • Financial Information


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Prepare for the Interview

  • Practice with a friend

  • Prepare materials to take on interview

  • Bring several copies of your resume

  • Dress appropriately

  • Bring pen and notepad to take notes


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Common Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • Why do you want to work here?

  • What about our company interest you?

  • Why did you leave your last job?

  • What are your best skills?

  • What is your major weakness?

  • What are your career goals?

  • What are your hobbies?

  • What salary are you expecting?


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Job Interview Types

  • One-On-One Interview

  • Screening Interview

  • Lunch Interview

  • Committee Interview

  • Telephone Interview


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Making a Good Impression

  • Be on time

  • Be positive

  • Relax

  • Establish Rapport

  • Be a good listener

  • Reflect before answering

  • Be enthusiastic

  • Take no longer than 2 minutes to answer questions

  • Send a thank you note


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The Number One Method for Finding a Job

  • Mass mailing – 7%

  • Answer ads in trade journals – 7%

  • Non-local newspaper ads – 10%

  • Local newspaper ads – 5 to 24%

  • Private Employment agencies – 5 to 24%

  • Asking for job-leads from family, friends, people in community, and colleges – 33%

  • Pounding the pavement – 47%

  • Phone calls using the Yellow Pages – 69%

  • In a group using the Yellow Pages - 84%

  • Informational Interviewing – 86%


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Informational Interviews

The key to successful networking in the business world!


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Reasons For Conducting Informational Interviews

  • Explore careers and clarify your career goal

  • Expand your professional network

  • Build confidence for your job interviews

  • Access the most up-to-date career information


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Benefits Of Conducting Informational Interviews

  • Obtain a great deal of information about career fields

  • Gain insight into the hidden job market

  • Become aware of the needs of the company

  • Opportunity to make personal contact with management level personnel


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6 Steps For Conducting An Informational Interview

  • Decide which field of work you want to learn about

  • Prepare for the interview

  • Identify people to interview

  • Set up the interview

  • Do the interview

  • Follow-up


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