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1 Job Interviewing Skills
Missouri Women’s Council

2 How to Prepare for an Interview
Research the job and organization Internet Company Literature or Brochures Company’s annual report, etc. Be prepared to respond to questions about yourself Example: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Plan on what to wear to the interview Project an image that matches the requirements of the job & company Be as comfortable as possible Reassess your skills, abilities, experiences and accomplishments before your interview Practice for the interview

3 The Day of the Interview
Carry these items to the interview Several copies of your resume Copies of your References Take a professional portfolio or folder to hold your resume, references and to take notes following the interview Be sure to take clear directions in getting to your interview Dress appropriately. First impressions matter. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. Treat the receptionist and other employees of the company with the upmost respect. Greet company employees with a smile, good eye contact and a firm handshake. Leave your cell phone or other electronic devices in your car or at home.

4 During the Interview Maintain a professional posture and a positive tone of voice. Show excitement for the position. If you are stumped on a question, you can always ask for a moment to think about it or ask to return to the question later. Never criticize former employers, bosses or co-workers while discussing previous employment experiences. At the end of the interview, collect a business card from each interviewer and thank the interviewer for their time.

5 After the Interview Send a ‘Thank You’ letter to the each interviewer within 1 to 2 days after the interview Only 10% of candidates send ‘thank you’ letters, you may have an advantage if you send them Take time to evaluate your performance What went well in the interview What needs improvement Work on addressing areas of improvement

6 Examples of Interview Questions
How would you describe yourself? What qualifications do you have for the position? How do you work under pressure? What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses? What specific goals have you established for yourself for the next 10 years? How do you determine or evaluate success? How do you deal with conflict? Tell me about accomplishments in which you take pride. Give examples. Why did you seek a position with this company? What motivates you to put forth your best effort? Why should I hire you?

7 Resources Available Visit your local Missouri Career Center for more information or to locate a center near you, visit Cannot afford interview clothing, please contact one of the following to see if you qualify for free or reduced cost interview clothing. Connections to Success Kansas City St. Louis St. Charles Dreams to Reality WORK (9675) Dress for Success Midwest

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