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|Preparing for the Interview|
YOUR PERSONAL INVENTORY
Anticipate what you are likely to be asked, and prepare your answers. Obviously, your strengths and special skills are attributes which you want to convey to your interviewer. Being able to specifically detail your accomplishments is a very important of your interview.
It would be useful to make a list of your personal strengths and abilities. Knowing what is on that list will arm you for the type of questions you are likely to be asked. Familiarize yourself with the list, but don't prepare to make a memorized presentation.
Identify your goals and be ready to demonstrate how the prospective organization relates to them. Remember that your interviewer may probe about long-term commitment, so if you know where you want to be 5 or 10 years from now you'll be able to answer more confidently.
In anticipation of questions about any weaknesses, be prepared to explain how you might convert these to strengths in a different setting.
Remember the advice given by your Consultant as to presentation styles, i.e. be more aggressive, be more laid back, speak up, talk more, talk less, sell yourself, etc.
RESEARCHING THE COMPANY
Find out as much as you can about the prospective employer. Your FPC of St. Louis Consultant will help you understand the organization, its products and/or services, its clientele and its competition. If time permits, obtain a copy of the company's most recent annual report. Also consult reference books such as Dun & Bradstreet, Moody's Manuals and Standard & Poor's Records. Trade and industry publications may also be helpful in giving the "extra margin" of information which shows your interviewer that you took the initiative.
PREPARING YOUR QUESTIONS
Asking questions about the company is an excellent interview technique. Such questions as "What will be most important for me to accomplish?" and "Why is the position open?" not only show the interviewer you're interested, they give you information to help you proceed with the interview. You should also make inquiries about the company's current status and future growth plans.
DO NOT ask questions about salary, benefits, vacation and the like. However, if asked about salary requirements, state your current earnings and say that you are open to a reasonable increase.
COUNTDOWN TO THE INTERVIEW
Up to this point, we've stressed preparation of an inventory; knowing yourself better, knowledge of the company, and planning and dressing for the interview. Now, a few logistical steps that can make the interview easier.
A day or two before the interview, call your FPC of St. Louis Consultant to confirm the time of your appointment, and get the spelling and pronunciation of your interviewer's name. Get directions to the location, especially if it is in an area you don't know. Review your recruiter's advice regarding the company, the job, and the interview process.
On the day of your interview, plan to arrive a few minutes early. Punctuality makes a good impression, so allow extra time for traffic delays. If for some reason you find you will be late, call your FPC of St. Louis Consultant immediately to let him or her know you will not be on time. You consideration will be appreciated.
When you arrive, it may be necessary to complete an application, whether or not you have submitted a resume. On any question of salary requirements in the application, it is advisable to state "to be discussed."
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