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Preparing For Your Job Interview

Sep 14, 2008
A job interview is one of the last hurdles you need to leap in order to land that job you seek. Even after having written a stellar resume, you will not likely be offered the position unless you fully prepare for the interview.

This requires some practicing of answers to the more frequently asked questions. There are always going to be standard questions that most potential employers ask. The best approach is to prepare yourself with some standard, honest answers in advance without sounding "rehearsed" or disinterested with the questions.

Questions You May Be Asked

One of the initial questions many employers ask concerns your previous job history. Although the questioner can read that same information straight from your resume, the interviewer frequently wants you to describe previous jobs in more detail along with specific responsibilities.

You may be quizzed on prior experiences, good or bad, accomplishments, and what you learned from each position. Questions concerning how you handled yourself in certain scenarios - typical or uncomfortable ones - and what you did to improve the situation are fairly common.

Why You Want to Work for This Company

Your reasons for wishing to join this particular company will almost surely be on the list of inquiries. Be prepared to respond with a clear and confident answer. Related to that question, you could be asked what sort of work or positions you expect to have with the company and how far you see yourself going.

Answers to questions like these can make or break an interview, so offer thoughtful and carefully considered responses. Demonstrate leadership capabilities with your answers and how your contribution to the company will positively impact their business.

The Money Issue

You may be asked to discuss salary. Although it is wise to wait until a second interview, if the employer pushes the issue, it is best to be honest about what you expect to earn from the job. If at that point you do not see eye-to-eye, you can simply indicate that you need to make a certain amount (whatever your bottom line amount may be). The hiring manager may be sufficiently impressed with you to offer what you ask.

Alternatively, if the feedback on your request is that they are under budget restraints and cannot meet your demand, then this is clearly not a win-win scenario for each of you. If the salary you communicated was indeed your bottom line offer, then don't take their denial personally. All companies have financial constraints, and there will be other options for you elsewhere.

Now it's Your Turn

Finally, after the questions from the potential employer have been completed, it is your turn to ask the questions. Come to the interview prepared with a short list of sincere questions. That alone shows you have interest and some level of initiative.

You may want to inquire about specific job duties or the company itself. This is the point to determine whether you think you are a good fit for the job.

After your questions, the interview will be completed and hopefully, if you are happy with the outcome of the discussion, you will be called back for a second interview or even a job offer. That is the point where you know your advance preparation has paid off.
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