Prepare to Succeed in Your Upcoming Job Interview

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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: winkelsteve



These tips summarize the best practices and experiences that thousands of books and thousands of pages can tell you when it comes to preparing to nail a job interview. Thinking about the 80/20 rule, interviewing is really no different - 80% of the work and effort to interviewing success actually comes BEFORE you ever get on the phone or step foot into their office.

Take a few minutes to review these guidelines and feel free to suggest other ideas to help fellow job-seekers succeed.

PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS PROFESSIONAL PREDICAMENTS Prepare to be Hired! Steve Winkel A Presentation for College2Corporate Marketplace March 2014 |1|

You’ve got the interview…. Now what? |2|

Research WHY? WHERE? • Prepare answers to questions • Company Site • Prepare questions to answer • LinkedIn • Good fit? • Hoovers (D+B) • Indications of culture/values • Google + GoogleNews — Google Alerts • Who will you be meeting? • GlassDoor (BEWARE!!) — Interviewers Edge |3|


Prepare Answers to the Obvious Questions • What interests you about this job? • Why do you want this job? • What applicable attributes / experience do you have? • What can you do for this company? Team? • Why do you want to work here? • Why are you looking for a job? • What challenges are you looking for in a positions? • Are you willing to travel? • What is good customer service? • What are you looking for in your next job? • What is important to you? • What are your (career) goals in the next five years? • What will you do if you don’t get this position? And the list goes on… |5|

Prepare by Practicing WHAT? HOW? • Your answers • Use a friend • Your hand shake • Use a mentor • Your body language • Use a mirror VERBAL + VOCAL + VISUAL • Use C2C!!! • Get feedback |6|

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Within a few seconds, with just a glance, people have judged your social and economic level, your level of education, and even your level of success. Within minutes, they've also decided your levels of intelligence, trustworthiness, competence, friendliness and confidence.” Prepare Your Outfit • Stick with a formal look Olivia Fox Cabane Expert in Charisma • You can’t overdress — 80/20 Rule • Stay away from: — Stinky things: • Showcase your personality — Accessories, Colors, Socks — Its still important to be you! > > — Novelty… > |7| Perfume Hand lotion Show your personality, but don’t draw attention away from experience, skills, personality

Prepare What You’ll Bring with You YAY! NAY! • • • • • • Cell Phone • Cup of Coffee • Gum Names of Contacts Portfolio / Pad Two Pens. Two. Not One. Two. Copies of Resume List of References • Frankly, anything other than what’s on the other side of the slide, and your wallet/purse. • Key answers you may want to reference. • Questions you plan to ask the interviewers. |8|

Prepare to Arrive • GPS is not always right!! • Make a practice run • Arrive 10-15 minutes early • Be very nice to the receptionist/greeter • Go to the bathroom — Seriously!! |9|

Why Focus on Preparing? By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin | 10 |

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