Interview tip #1: Preparation


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Interview tip #1: Preparation

  1. 1. INTERVIEW TIP # 1 …PREPARE! Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CCM, CDMS
  2. 2. About me… • Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM Occupational Consultant • Share a review: http://tack.z/6NDp • My Blog: More information about my services: www.Life-Works.Info Additional Resources • JOB SEARCH FOR THE REST OF US Group on Linkedin: Twitter LinkedIn Facebook • Careerealism
  3. 3. Over Prepare! • You can never over prepare for an interview. Start by knowing your own skills, work history, education and industry in general. • Whether you are looking to keep your job, grow in your career, or find a new job it is important to take your job and/or career seriously.
  4. 4. Is your job safe? • Think you have nothing to worry about? Think again! No one’s position is safe in today’s mercurial economy. • One of my friend’s husbands commented in person once, “I wish I had something I was as passionate about as you.” • I thanked him rather than ask, you have a job too – you aren’t passionate about that? About finding a new one at least? Nothing?
  5. 5. Be ready! • Always have a current resume ready to go with a minimum of editing for a given job or employer. Be familiar with the wording and be able to explain each sentence. • What do you like and dislike about your current job? Previous jobs? What did you accomplish at each? What were your challenges? • What are you looking for in your next job and how will you benefit your next employer?
  6. 6. Read up…. • Review articles and books about how to answer interview questions in your field and in general. A brief list follows this article. • It may seem unnecessary, but it isn’t - write answers you want to practice and edit them with a critical eye to get started. • Then practice with someone asking the questions as an employer would. The phone will do for now. You may need to do this more than once.
  7. 7. Practice makes perfect! • Before the interview practice in person, if possible, and dress as you will for your interview. Hire a professional if possible. • Typically it doesn’t cost too much and it is worth the few dollars you will spend. • If not, practice with someone whose opinion and judgment you trust.
  8. 8. Be a know it all! • By preparing, even over-preparing, you will gain a feeling of mastery that can help you perform your best in an interview by giving you a boost to your selfconfidence. • Know the company, job, your resume and your career goals inside and out and practice answering every interview question that applies….Good Luck!
  9. 9. Resources for possible interview questions and/or answers: • • • • Articles in my blog Articles on CAREEREALISM Articles on the Web Need more help? Chat, Email, Skype, Hangout Click here for email Google Hangouts Live Person Chat - 3 minutes free Skype Mary.E.Sherwood • PS I also wanted to let you know about a new job search group I just started on LinkedIn, it would be great to have you and please share with your connections … If you are currently employed you might want to “hide” this group on your Profile; click here if you need help with that! Take care, Mary