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Give yourself an advantage: Practice interviewing before embarking on the real thing. Most campus career center offer workshops on interviewing and many provide mock interview opportunities. Use these resources: You will get expert advice on what you’re doing right and wrong, and will be more comfortable when you sit across from a potential employer. If these are not options, then do the next best thing: Practice with friends and family. Practice in front of a mirror. Have a friend video you so you can see how you come across.
Practice interviewing will help you master the mechanics—making eye contact (but not staring), using a firm handshake, and exhibiting body language that says “I’m enthusiastic” instead of “I am bored.” And, practice interviewing can help you get over the jitters and gain confidence. It’s also a chance to anticipate questions you might be asked, and develop answers that provide specific descriptions and examples. (A word of caution: You do want to anticipate questions and practice answers, but you don’t want to memorize your responses word-for-word. Your answers should sound natural—not canned.)
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER
1. Why did you choose to work for this company?
You can ask this of an interviewer or hiring manager. It gives the person a chance to “sell” the organization and gives you insight into why someone would want to work there.
2. What do you do in a typical work day? In a typical work week?
This is a good question to ask a hiring manager. It shows that you are interested in life on the job, and will give you a glimpse of what you can expect.
3. How would you describe your company culture?
You can pose this to either the interviewer or hiring manager. Again, it’s a chance to get a look at what it might be like to work in the company and decide if you are a good fit.
TIP: Collect business cards
In many cases, those interviewing you will offer you their business cards. If not, be sure to jot down the names and titles of those taking part so that you can follow up later with thank-you notes.
4. With whom would I be working? Who would be my supervisor? 5. What are the key challenges facing the person in this position? What are your expectations for the role? 6. What is the next step in the hiring process? When will you make your decision? May I call you? When is a good time?
In the interview, your job is to help the employer understand how you fit the position and organization. You are also there to provide evidence that you have key soft skills that may not come across on your resume—your verbal communication skills, most notably. With your answers, tie your skills and experiences to the job responsibilities. Offer examples that will give the interviewer a clear understanding of how your qualifications match. In addition to answering questions, you are expected to ask questions: There are two primary reasons why you must do so. First, if you don’t ask questions, the interviewer will likely read this as a lack of interest on your
Time to Shine
It’s interview time: Even before you shake hands or open your mouth, your potential employer is assessing you—the way you are dressed, your demeanor, whether you have arrived on time (or are late), how you interact with others. Be punctual. Dress appropriately (see “First Impressions: Dress for Interview Success,” page 62). Be courteous to those around you. When you meet the interviewer, look him or her in the eye. Offer a firm handshake. Introduce yourself confidently. Be energetic and enthusiastic.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013
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