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Interview Tips

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Praparing for an interview? Try using these tips to minimize your stress and leave a good

impression with the interviewer.

  • Practice

Practice your responses to the typical job interview questions most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills.

  • Ask Questions

You are also interviewing them in a way to make sure you want to work for them. Learn about their mission, their work culture and get a sense of how other employees like working there. Asking questions shows you are interested in the company.

  • Research the company

Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

  • Dress to impress

Interview attire should be neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

  • Be On Time

On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

  • Stay Calm

Try to relax. During the interviews, maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention. It is better to take a moment before responding to think about the question than to run on and on and on and on.

  • Always follow-up

Send a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position and their time. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.