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How to Prepare for the Interview

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Hey, congratulations. You've gotten yourself an interview. That's great. So now it's time to start preparing for your interview. Perhaps the employer was impressed with your cover letter, your resume, or your job application. Maybe someone put in a good word for you. Whatever it was, the employer was impressed enough with you to want to bring you in for an interview. Now the interview is a chance for you to show the employer that you are as qualified for the job as your resume and cover letter say that you are. A job interview is a chance for the employer to learn more about you, your work history, your abilities, and your educational background. It's also a chance for you to understand the job and the company, its policies, as well as the company as a whole. The employer wants to know more about you, and you want to know more about them as well. In the interview, the employer wants to make sure that you are, in fact, the right person for the job. This means that during the interview, you need to show the employer that you have the right abilities and education, as well as experiences, to do the job that they're hiring you for. In addition, the interview is the time for you to ask questions about the company and to see if it's a job that you would like to do and if it's a place that you can see yourself working for some time. These are important things for you to know. Interviews can range from a casual conversation to a very formal, structured interview. They can be a one-on-one interview as well as an interview with a number of people. In an interview, employers are typically looking for people with the same types of qualities. They want to make sure that you have the right experience and skills for the job. They want to know that you are dependable, that you can work well with other people. They want to know that you can be trusted and that you'll follow the company's policies and procedures. They also want to know that you plan to stay with the company for a while. During the interview, the employer will ask you a lot of questions. And they'll use your answers to those questions to determine if you have the qualities that I just mentioned. As the day of the interview approaches, you need to make sure that you are prepared. You don't want to wait until the last minute and be rushed or ill prepared. Here's some things you need to consider doing and thinking about before the interview. You need to find out everything you can about the company and, if possible, everything you can about the person who will be interviewing you. The more information you can gather and the more you know prior to the interview, the better prepared you will be. You also need to think about choosing the right attire for the interview. It's important that you think about dressing for success. And if you aren't sure what the appropriate attire is, give some thought to the work environment that you're applying to work at. It's a good idea, when you're dressing for the interview, to dress just a little bit better than you would on the job. Another thing that you should do, prior to the interview, is practice. You can predict what types of questions the employer will ask you and think about how to answer those questions. Your answers should show that you have the right skills and strengths that they are looking for. We do have practice questions available for you to use. You can find them online at the website. And it is important for you to practice answering the types of questions that you will likely be asked in the interview. You may even be able to practice with your parents or perhaps with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. You could practice with your teacher as well. We also have an interview checklist available for you so that you can make sure you're choosing the right attire, that you're practicing interview questions before hand. This will help you be prepared for your interview. You can find both the practice interview questions, as well as the interview checklist, online. If you go to the PEPNet website, you'll want to look for the Getting a Job video series. Clicking on that will bring you to a link of Supporting Documents. You'll see a number of documents listed there, and you want to find the Interview Practice Questions as well as the Interview Checklist, which you can print to prepare for your interview. It's a good idea for you to include those documents in your Job Search Portfolio.

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What do you need to do and think about before an interview? In this segment, the presenter describes the preparation job seekers should do before going on an interview. Some of the tips include thinking about what the employer is looking for, dressing for success, and answering practice interview questions. Part of the "Getting a Job" series.

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Runtime: 8 minutes

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    Melissa A. (Irvine, CA)
    October 3rd, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Very clear nad explained well