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Interviews

There are very few people who do not approach the interview process with a sense of apprehension and even fear. However, keep in mind that interviews are not designed to be a process of inquisition or interrogation. Instead, interviews are simply a focused goal-oriented exchange of information between two people. Not only will you be presenting yourself and your qualifications, you will be evaluating whether or not you would consider working in the organization based on the information and impressions you acquire in the interview.

What is the most important element in acing an interview? Being prepared! Preparing thoroughly for your interview will better enable you to effectively present yourself and your qualifications as they relate to the position for which you are interviewing. Basic interviewing preparation should include:

Know Yourself

Know the Organization

Consider the Match

Interview Protocol

What to Wear

What to Bring

Be Punctual

Be Professional

Send a Thank You

The Interview

The important thing to remember when you are interviewing is that you are trying to convey to the interviewer that you are the best person for this position. Therefore, each and every answer you state should reinforce that you can contribute positively to the employer. Be yourself and focus on your positive qualities!

A few pointers to keep in mind when interviewing:

Sample General Interview Questions:

Questioning the Interviewer

While it is obviously important to provide quality answers to interviewers' questions, it is equally important to ask pertinent and professional questions during the interview process. Many candidates are also evaluated on the basis of the questions they ask during the interview. Questions relating to salary and benefits should typically be avoided during the initial screening interviews.

Your questions should reflect a sincere interest in the organization and the position for which you are applying. They should not be questions that you could have easily discovered on your own simply by reviewing the company's website or recruitment literature. You do not want to give the interviewer the impression that you have not "done your homework" prior to the interview. Finally, since there may not be enough time to ask all - or even most - of your questions, choose them wisely.

Sample Questions for the Interviewer:

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