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The best way to be prepared for the actual job interview is to plan ahead for questions and practice your answers. Questions you may be asked include:
The Secret to Impressing an Interviewer
Impressing an interviewer isn't as hard as you might think. How can you make a positive impression? Turn the table on the interviewer and ask interested, sincere questions. This is where your research into the company can make a difference. The more you know about the company, the better questions you can ask. Click here for a list of sample questions.
Know What the Boss Wants
Potential employers are usually listening for answers to three ultimate - usually unasked - questions:
If he or she thinks you offer the best solution to these three questions, the job is yours. However, remember to sell your positives - link your past experience to the needs of your potential employer.
Be On Your Guard: Questions You Don't Have To Answer
Federal laws minimizing employment discrimination practices have mandated that there are several questions that are off limits for discussion during job interviews. The best way to handle these questions is to ask how they relate to the specific position you are interviewing for. Questions to be on your guard for are anything related to:
Take Care of the Details
Once you get an interview, there are several steps you must take before meeting the person who may be your next boss. Like it or not, employers make judgments based on appearance.
It's OK to Discuss Salary
There is an art to discussing salary. You should have an idea of what you need to meet your monthly expenses. Try to avoid being cornered into stating your minimum salary requirement. If you are pressured to do so, ask some questions first:
It's best to steer clear of questions about vacation or other benefits during the first interview unless the employer brings it up.
Organize Your Thoughts:
The Interview Checklist
Think of a job interview as having four distinct parts:
Part One: The Introduction
Part Two: The Background
Part Three: The Goals & Objectives
Part Four: The Closing