Successful Job Interviews

In a tight job market, being able to interview well is essential.  The competition is keen and you really have to know how to close the deal.  In a tie-breaker between two candidates, the better interviewer will likely win the race. So, how do you edge out the competition in an interview?

  1. Be sure to show up on time. So, allow enough travel time to avoid being late.
  2. Dress appropriately to make a good appearance and err on the conservative side. You should sparkle and look ready and eager to work.
  3. Do your homework.  Learn whatever you can about the employer/company. You can find information on the internet, reading newspapers and business periodicals.  Why?  When given the opportunity to ask questions, use it as an opportunity to learn more about the company. Plus, it will definitely show your interest and motivation.  Also, research the industry and find out the major players, trends, outlook, etc. Libraries are an excellent source of information by the way.   Demonstrating your knowledge about the company and industry may set you apart from your competition.
  4. Research and practice sample interview questions.  Libraries have books you can use.  Or, try searching the Internet for questions pertaining to your field, industry or job title. 
  5. Have a look at the web site, glassdoor.com.  It provides company reviews, interviewing information and more.
  6. Be sure, to prepare for the tricky behavioral questions that start with, “Tell me a time when…. “or “What would you do if….”, or  “Suppose there was an electrical failure, what would you do”? You can find great sample questions like those and more by searching on the Internet by the way.

Then, practice!  practice!  practice!  Practice with someone else and try to replicate the setting.  How about a study room in your local library!

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About suzanne kaller

Business Librarian at Arapahoe Library District in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Engaged in business outreach and general reference serv

Posted on July 20, 2011, in Jobs and Careers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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