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Interviewing for a Job

Be Prepared. Be Professional. Be Yourself.

An interview is a way for an employer to learn about you and your qualifications.  An interview also gives you the opportunity to learn about the job.

During the interview an employer is trying to determine the following:

  • Are you qualified for the job?
  • Will you come to work everyday and be on time?
  • Are you honest, hard-working, and reliable?
  • Will you be easy to get along with?
  • Will you stay for a reasonable length of time?

Ways to Prepare

  • Learn about he company or business
  • Think of ways in which you can "sell yourself"
  • Determine how your talents, skills, and experiences make you a good candidate
  • Figure out how to take anything you know could be negative about your or your record, and make it positive
  • Be ready to talk about your education, interest, previous job experiences, goals, strengths, and weaknesses

Interview Don'ts

  • Don't be late
  • Don't bring anyone with you
  • Don't wear jeans, flip flops, t-shirts, flashy clothes, too much jewelry, or too much perfume/cologne.
  • Don't discuss religion or politics
  • Don't give false information
  • Don't ask the interviewer personal questions
  • Don't say anything negative about a previous job or employers
  • Don't bring a backpack, over-sized purse, or water bottle with you
  • Don't chew gum or fidget
  • Don't ask about pay, vacations, bonuses, or holidays until you're offered the job


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