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How To Prepare For An Interview

You want a job right? Here are ways to prepare for an interview:

  1. Research the organization: Learn about the company. This will help you answer questions and stand out from less – prepared candidates. 
  2. Learn about the company. This will help you answer questions and stand out from less – prepared candidates.
  3. Prepare Responses: Be ready to answer typical interview questions with a story about yourself. To prepare, write down and memorize three achievement stories. Talk about times you’ve really felt proud of an achievement at work or school. These stories demonstrate all those hard – to – measure qualities like judgment, initiative, teamwork or leadership.
  4. Plan What To Wear: Lay out your interview outfit the night before, get a good night’s rest.
  5. Get Directions To The Office: Plan to leave early. The last thing you want is to waste all of your interview preparation by arriving stressed because you couldn’t find the location or a parking space.
  6. Plan What To Bring:
  • Extra Copies of your resume
  • A notepad or professional binder and pen
  • A list of preferences
  • Information you might need to complete an application
  • A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

    6. Pay attention to non – verbal communication: It begins even before you say your first word in an interview. As the interviewer walks toward you to shake hands, an opinion is already being formed. And as you sit waiting to spew out your answers to questions you’ve prepared for, you are already being judged by your appearance, posture, smile, or your nervous look.

Nonverbal Messages:

  • The Handshake: Your handshake should be firm, not bone – crushing.
  • Your Posture: Stand and sit erect. A slouching posture looks tired and uncaring.
  • Eye Contact: Look at the interviewer in the eye.
  • Your Hands: Gesturing or talking with your hands is very natural, but keep it in moderation.
  • Don’t Fidget: There is nothing worse than people playing with their hair, clicking pen tops, tapping feet or unconsciously touching parts of your body.

    7. Follow Up: Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”…. bring a list of questions to ask.

Good luck on your future job/internship interview! 

I'm Miss. Congeniality of Broward College North Campus, Events Coordinator of the Psychology Club at Broward College North Campus, new president of Her Campus Broward, I work for Student Services at Broward College North Campus, and I just like to get involved in many great activities that benefit my personal growth.
Student at Broward College for the past five years, first enrolled on Davie's Central Campus learning Physical Therapy for two years than, transferring to Coconut Creeks North campus for the last three years, now majoring in Early Childhood / Developmental Education. Spent first year with Her campus Broward as Outreach Director, former president of self-entitled campus friendship club, Sammy's Buddy Brigade, member of the Campus Science Club, and a Broward County local student Ambassador with Best Buddies International. Winner of the Sammy's award for most charity work within the community, and now Vice President of Her Campus Broward. I hope to soon be working at Junior Achievement with the elementary and middle school children, in order to have a well rounded experience! The hope is to one day work with and teach children who have special needs such as myself! Biggest belief and philosophy of life is that, no matter what anyone says you can't accomplish in life, I am living proof that anything is possible! Having ADHD, high functioning Autism, and medical conditions such as Scoliosis, helps me to understand special needs children on a level that very few people can! It is this very knowledge that led me to choose Teaching as my chosen profession. Now at age 42, and more than 55% on the way to getting an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, I hope to become an Assistant Teacher within the next year or so. We hope that this true life story will inspire others to never give up either, no matter what anybody says, or tells you, that you can't do, the only one who can truly hold you back is "YOU".
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