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Before the Job Interview

Things to be informed about before interview:

  • Be aware of your interests, abilities, experiences, and values as they relate to your occupation.
  • Be sure you can answer any questions about your education and previous work experiences.
  • Know names of former employers, addresses, and current telephone numbers
  • Your job title(s), start and end dates of previous employment, and your starting and ending salaries
  • Names of your direct supervisor(s) and other persons able to give information about your work performance
  • Reasons you left your previous employment (or want to leave)
  • Elements of your past jobs that you've liked best and liked least, and why
  • For large, well-known companies, read all the company literature you can find (if you're using the Web, start with search engines or directories; you'll often find the most up to date information on the Web). If you use the library, ask the librarian to help you use trade directories to research the company.
  • For smaller, local companies that aren't on the Web, go to your local Chamber of Commerce to reach the company. Find out about the company's products or services, major competitors, philosophy, goals, history, size, number of employees, annual sales, market share, and hiring practices.
  • Ask the company's personnel office, or the person who calls to schedule your interview, for a job description of the position you're interviewing for before the interview.
  • Ask your guidance counselor, family, or a friend to role play an interview with you.
  • Ask for feedback.

Things to carry for the Interview:

  • Bring your social security card, driver's license, or other papers (such as a birth certificate or green card) necessary to prove you're eligible for legal employment.
  • Bring copies of your resume.
  • All interview outfits should be neat and clean.
  • Plan to dress appropriately for the occupational setting you wish to enter. Examples: persons who apply for construction work should wear work clothes which include safety shoes, goggles, and helmets; persons seeking employment in an office usually wear suits to an interview.
  • It's usually helpful to bring paper and pencil to the interview in case you need to make notes.
  • You might want to carry tissues, just in case you need one.
  • If the job states you must have your own tools, it's helpful to have them available at the interview.
  • Prepare work samples, volunteer efforts, and self-assessment material and put them all in one place.
 

 


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