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Interview

The interview is one of the most important phases of the job search process.  It is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job. Even though you're probably going to be really nervous when you go on your first job interview, the key to a successful first is to prepare, practice, dress appropriately and be positive. Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation.  Be yourself, but be the best version of yourself you possibly can.

One of the easiest ways to build confidence before a job interview is to prepare answers to questions you might be asked. While you can never be exactly sure what questions will be asked in an interview, there are common questions normally asked by the employer. Practice your answers. Let your answers reflect your skills and abilities that apply to the job by focusing on specific tasks and accomplishments.

Research the company before the interview. Know what the company is all about and how you can contribute to its goals. Demonstrate your ability to perform the job or your ability to learn the job effectively by using specific examples when answering questions to back up what you are saying.
Your focus during should be on demonstrating what you can do for the company, what you bring to the position and why the employer should hire you. Interviewers don’t just listen to the words you are saying. They also pay close attention to the message you send with your body language. Make sure you aren’t giving the interviewer any mixed messages.

Never leave an interview without finding out when you will be notified if you were selected for the position. If they do not offer to contact you, ask if you can call them to check on the status of you application. If they offer to contact you, politely ask when you should expect the call. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and shake their hand.

Send a thank-you note within 24 hours of your interview. Send one to every person who interviewed you.  Thank the interviewer for their time reiterate your interest and to emphasize your specific qualifications for the position.   

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