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Everything You Need to Know to Have a Good Job Interview

The ultimate result of a good job interview is being called back for a second one - or receiving an offer for the open position. How can you insure that at least one of these options comes to fruition? You can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Plan
  • Prepare
  • Practice

In other words, by setting yourself up for success. Plan for the likely questions you’ll be asked, and be ready to answer them to the best of your ability, using examples from your work life to illustrate your experience and expertise.

Then prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically for a good job interview. That means reviewing what you know about the company and the job requirements and being able to demonstrate how you can fit into the organization with ease.

And finally, practice the interview with a friend or relative so you’ll test your skills at answering questions and asking some of your own.

Think About Your Future

Where do you want to be a year, five years, or ten years from now? Is the company you’re interviewing with in a favorable position in this competitive and economic climate? You can find out by looking at the company web site, articles about the organization, the stock market reports, and by speaking with people who are employed there. A good job interview comes about when the interviewee knows what he or she is talking about and can request information in a skillful way that will help him or her get what’s needed in order to make a sound decision. In a sense you will be interviewing the company representative as much as he or she will be interviewing you.

Take It One Step at a Time

Never underestimate the value of rehearsing for the good job interview you hope to have. Review questions that are likely to be asked, go over your own questions, practice the true work life stories you’ll want to share about your experience that will illustrate your skills and talents for the new job, and then consider the clothing you’ll wear and have it ready the night before. Simple steps lead to a good job interview - the kind that results in a real job—the one you want and deserve.