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Interviewing Checklist

In the interviewing process, if you:

Fail to Prepare, You Are Preparing to Fail!

What can you do ahead of time?

Find Out About: The job description, company or department

Ask About: The interview process, interviewer(s), time, location, parking and dress

Think About: Likely questions and your responses, questions you can ask, and your arrival

Use these free career counseling steps to prepare for any interview you may have:

 Conduct a thorough self-assessment. Review your education, experience, interests, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses and values.

 Review your resume. Be able to support your skills and qualifications, with specific examples as you will likely be asked to elaborate on some of them during the interview.

 Analyze the position for which you will be interviewing. Do you believe you will fit in and be able to contribute to the organization? Will the job enable you to reach your goals: personal growth, travel, flexibility, advancement, geographic area? Think about the needs of the position and come up with examples from your experience that show how you meet those needs.

 Research the organization. Learn as much as you can about such things as size, location, products/services and benfits by reading company literature. Talk with employees of the company and people in the same profession when possible.

 Know how your experience, education and interests relate to the position and anticipate possible questions. This knowledge will allow you to answer why, when and where questions, and reflect your self-confidence and your ability to communicate and relate to others effectively.

 Practice Interviewing. Talk to people in the field and even your friends. Discuss techniques, practice in front of a mirror or better yet videotape yourself. If possible, arrange a mock interview with one of these people.

 If possible, find out beforehand what you can about the interview: type of interview, names and positions of people who will be interviewing you, and the potential length of the interview.

 Think of questions you could ask during the interview. Good questions generally focus on the position, the department, the interviewer or the company. Avoid questions about compensation or benefits.