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Know what to say.
Most interviewers ask same standard questions about your strengths, weaknesses, former employers, work history. If you are being interviewed by several people, this might be a good cop, bad cop situation. Pay attention to who is playing bad cop, they are looking for signs of weakness and dishonesty. To be well prepared, before interview, write out all your accomplishments, both personal and professional. List your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest, itís easier to remember truth than it is a lie. Extra Tip: Write out situations in which you have demonstrated: leadership skills, determination, stress management, creativity, and flexibility. Be prepared to answer question: Why do you want this job? If youíre not sure, reevaluate your decision. If you arrive a few minutes early, review what you wrote in waiting room before interview. Great list of interview questions: http://www.indiana.edu/~libpers/interview.html
Ask For The Job
You get what you ask for.
The most important step in interviewing process is one most people miss. ASK FOR THE JOB! Most interviewers are waiting for that closure. If you have done everything exceptionally well during interviewing process, but have not asked for job, youíve just wasted an interview. Asking for job shows potential employer that you are assertive, confident and right for job. It might feel uncomfortable, but this is your only chance to ask for something you really want. Make sure your voice is firm and you make eye contact. Think of it as your closing argument, youíve got to win over jury. You should also ask interviewer if he or she thinks you are right for job. Even if they tell you something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask for job. You deserve it!
Marie Magdala Roker is a Family Coach and Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor. She is completing her Masters in Health Education at Columbia University's Teachers College. She helps parents to reclaim their lives and students to unlock their academic potential. She is committed to helping build healthy families, one family member at a time.