Congratulations! Your cover letter & resume got you an interview! Make sure to prepare for your interview and be ready to show the employer what you have to offer. There are my different types of interviews--Phone, In-person, Peer Group, Luncheon, Stress, Video/Skype, Group/Panel, Work Sample--know what you are getting into!
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Prepare your resume, cover letter and business cards.
Types of Interview Questions:
When you are asked if you have any questions, be prepared! You should have 2-3 questions ready and ask only relevant questions. Take the time frame and information you learned during the interview into account before you ask too many questions.
How to Develop Questions
Your pre-application, pre-interview research of the employer and position should provide you with several questions. In addition, you should listen carefully during the interview process and ask appropriate job related questions that arise.
Most people enjoy talking about themselves, so you usually can’t go wrong by asking the interviewer about his or her personal experience with the hiring company. Why did he or she choose to work here? What does he or she like about it? What has been his or her career progression with the company?
Ask “me-first” questions, i.e. “What can you do for me?” questions regarding salary, benefits, vacation, etc. Avoid questions that may reveal a weakness, such as, “Will I have to meet deadlines?”.
This is critical! When granted an interview, be sure to obtain contact information for each individual you encountered to thank them.
From the beginning of the interview process until the end:
A Thank You Letter is an excellent opportunity to re-emphasize your qualifications and interest in a position after an interview. It is also an excellent way to maintain your networking efforts after meeting a new contact.
Handwritten gives you extra bonus points, but when in a time sensitive situation an email message will suffice. Plenty of time? Consider sending both!
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