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Preparing for a Job Interview

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The interview is your chance to back up in person everything that the employer has read about you in your resume. Being well equipped ahead of time will help you stay calm throughout the interview process.

By Tracy McCarthy (*)


t is normal to experience some jitters before an interview. The interviewer will understand the uneasiness that you may show. Be enthusiastic, confident, and friendly. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer at all times. Make sure that you’re not too relaxed or calm, as this can indicate a “don’t care” attitude. Most of all, don’t forget to breathe! Go into the interview knowing as much as you can about the products, services, customers, competitors, culture, and core values of the company. This information can be found on the web. You can also contact the organization and ask if they could send you any relevant information they may have available. Dress appropriately for the interview. You’ll need


to dress in a way that shows respect for the interviewer while demonstrating that you want to be taken seriously. Take what you know about the culture of the organization and keep this in mind when choosing what to wear. Show up on time for the interview. The easiest way to get off on the wrong foot is to show up late. Plan to allow for traffic, transit and parking delays. Have the interviewer’s number handy so you can call if something major keeps you from arriving on time. You should go into the office about ten minutes before the established interview time. Most organizations will use behavioural interview questions to assess whether the candidate

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