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Interview Tips

In the Days Before the Interview:

1. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left side, make a bulleted list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting. On the right side, make a bulleted list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
2. Research the company, the industry and the competition.
3. Prepare your 60-second personal statement: Your answer to the, "Tell me about yourself," question.
4. Write at least five success stories to answer behavioral interview questions ("Tell me about a time when…" or "Give me an example of a time…").
5. List 10 questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the industry.

Before You Go to the Interview:
1. Do you look professional? Check yourself in the mirror; part of your confidence will come from looking good.
2. Carry these items to the interview:
      · A pad of paper on which to take notes (notes are optional).
      · Directions to the interview site.
      · A list of well thought-out questions.
3. Prepare answers to these most common interview questions:
      · Tell me about yourself.
      · Why did you leave or are you leaving your last position?
      · Why did you leave previous positions?
      · What do you know about this company?
      · What are your goals?
      · What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      · Why do you want to work for this company?
      · What has been your most significant achievement?
      · How would your last boss and colleagues describe you?
      · Why should we hire you?
      · What are your salary expectations?
      · What are you currently earning?
Upon Arrival:
1. Arrive early -- enter the building 10 minutes before your appointment.
2. Review your prepared stories and answers.
3. Go to the restroom and check your appearance one last time.
4. Announce yourself to the receptionist in a professional manner.
5. Stand and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake.
6. Smile and look into the interviewer's eyes.

During the Interview:
1. Try to focus on the points you have prepared without sounding rehearsed or stiff.
2. Relax and enjoy the conversation. Learn what you can about the company.
3. Ask questions and listen; read between the lines.
4. At the conclusion, thank the interviewer and express interest in the opportunity.
5. Ask for the interviewer's business card so you can send a follow-up letter. (Please send your rough draft to us first so we can critique it for you!)

After the Interview:
1. Call your GRG recruiter to discuss your initial impressions.
2. Write down what you are thinking and feeling.

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