How to prepare for the Interview

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You have an interview.  What are you going to do next?

 

Before the Interview

  1. Review interview questions and figure out how to answer them.

writing-923882_1920There are several places to get lists of interview questions.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-interview-questions

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/100-potential-interview-questions

  1. You want to develop answers to the questions and be prepared but don’t memorize them. You want to look natural when asked these questions during the interview.
  2. handshake-2056021_1920You also want to share stories that show your skills and successes.
  3. Include the ways your successes helped your company.
  4. Be yourself in the interview.
  5. Turn negatives into positives

 

 

Dress for Success

  1. When going to the interview, you want to look dressed up and professional.

Start by researching the company’s dress code.

Choose clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident.business attire

Use your best judgement and don’t overthink it.

Avoid revealing clothing.

Choose clothing accommodating to the climate and season.

Check for stains, snags, pet hairs and holes.

Ensure clothing is pressed and wrinkle free.

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/how-to-dress-for-a-job-interview

**Dress One or Two Levels Up

“The rule of thumb is that you dress one or two levels higher than the job that you’re going for,” explains Kate Wendleton, president and founder of the Five O’Clock Club, a national career counseling and outplacement firm.

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/appropriate-interview-dress

After the interview

Send a thank you note.thank-you-515514_1920

It reminds them of who you are and thanks them for the interview.

Looks very Professional

 

When you get the job offer:

Here’s what to do when you get a job offer:

Use your manners.                                                        notepad-job offer

Get the offer in writing. …

Don’t skip the benefits section. …

Determine what’s what. …

Understand objectives. …

Consider negotiating. …

Read everything. …

Take some time.

https://www.livecareer.com/resources/jobs/offers/job-offer

Once you have the offer in writing make sure you look over everything.  You want to be able to make a good decision.  (You don’t have to accept the job, just because it is offered.)

Evaluate everything making sure that it fits your needs and job desires.

Are you getting paid a fair wage for your experience and talents?

Make sure you understand everything.  If you don’t ask.  Don’t assume anything.

If the money is not right, are there other things you can negotiate with to give you what you need? IF it isn’t what you want come up with a counter offer.  They may turn them down, but they may not, you never know until you ask.

Some perks you can negotiate with:

Perks-sideHealth Insurance

Vacation/Paid Time Off

Performance Bonuses

Paid Sick Days

401(k), Retirement Plan and/or Pension

Flexible Schedule                                                    calendar-flex schedule

Office Perks

Employee Development Programs

Tuition Reimbursement

Employee Discounts

Gym Membership or Wellness Programs

Stock Options and/or Equity

Condensed work week. While not every organization can sustain this, a condensed work week is one of the most powerful perks you can offer your employees. …

Flexible schedules

Professional development. …

Transportation subsidies.

 

https://www.snacknation.com/blog/best-employee-perks/

https://risepeople.com/blog/9-affordable-employee-perks/

 

Handling declines

If you are declining the offer, you should do it nicely.  Better not to burn any bridges in case you need to reapply for another job with the company in the future.

  1. Tell them immediately of your decision
  2. Show Your Appreciation
  3. Give a good but brief reason
  4. stay in touch

 

https://www.thecut.com/article/how-to-decline-a-job-offer.html

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-gracefully-turn-down-a-job-offer

 

Last but not least:

If you don’t get hired, don’t be afraid to reapply for the job again if you see it re-posted.  Especially if you have gotten more training or education, or have more experience.  It is always worth another look.

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