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10 Interview Reminders for Candidates

10 Interview Reminders for Candidates

1. Employers predetermine the skills necessary for the job and then ask focused questions to assess whether or not the candidate possesses those skills. Make it a point to read company literature carefully (websites) and listen closely during the company’s information session to determine which skills an employer is seeking.

2. In the interview, your responses need to be specific and detailed. Frame them with the STAR process: Situation, Task, Action, Result.

3. Always listen carefully to each question, ask for clarification if necessary and make sure you answer the question completely.

4. Prepare to give examples of situations in which you have demonstrated the behaviors you have determined to be important to the employer. Do not ramble.

5. Use your resume as a guide when answering questions. Use examples from past internships, classes, activities, work experience, team participation, etc. to further illustrate your achievements.

6. Identify six to eight examples from your past experience in which you demonstrated top behaviors and skills that employers typically seek. Think in terms that will showcase your top selling points. 

7. Half of your examples should be positive, such as accomplishments or obtaining goals.

8. The other half should be situations that started out negatively but ended either positively or in which you were able to minimize the negative outcome.

9. Vary your examples. Don’t take them all from one area of your past experience. Use fairly recent examples – experiences from the last one to two years.

10. If you worked in a team setting, describe not only the team’s situation/actions/results, but also your specific role in that team effort.

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