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New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II (HUM): How to do an Interview

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10 Steps to a Good Interview

1. Research

Research the company’s background. 

2. Practice

Practice answering common behavioral and role-playing interview questions

3. Dress Well  Dress for Success!

 Dress appropriately and wear clothing that both fits well and is comfortable. Wear a suit in an interview in a business office. For less conservative environments, slacks and a nice shirt work well for both men and women, or women can wear a skirt and blouse or a dress. A safe rule is to dress to fit into the setting, not stand out in it.

4. Be Punctual and Prepared - Be on Time!

Arrive to your interview location early. Never keep an interviewer waiting for you to show up. Find out the exact location of the interview ahead of time so there are no surprises. 

5. Wait Actively - Always be Professional!

If you have to wait for the interview after you arrive at the location, strike up a conversation with the receptionist about the company, look over your resume, or go over answers to potential interview questions while you wait.

6. First Impression - Make sure you smile when you meet the interviewer!

Greet your interviewer with confidence. Provide a firm handshake, make good eye contact, and give a pleasant smile. Let the interviewer know you are pleased to have the opportunity for the interview, but don't get carried away with small talk.

7. Don't Stress - Be Yourself Relax!

Stay calm and remind yourself of your skills, qualities and value. Find out what this potential employer is all about, share what you can offer, and gauge if the company is worthy of your time and commitment.

8. Introduce Yourself Professionally

Don’t share personal information such as marital status, whether you have children, or what your age is when asked to introduce yourself. Provide a brief synopsis about what you have done professionally and what led you to apply for the job in question.

9. Answering Questions

Answer all questions completely and with poise. Answer the question asked; don't go off on tangents. Listen carefully to what is being asked and confirm the question, if necessary. Pause briefly before answering to avoid saying something unintentionally. Use positive language and be mindful of your tone.

10. Stay Positive

Refrain from drawing attention to qualities that may turn potential employers off if asked what your weaknesses are. If you were fired from your last job or quit, and are asked why you left, answer tactfully, highlighting any positive aspects, and then go on to explain what you are looking for in your next employer. Be prepared to ask the interviewer a few questions for your own information and to show you like the job!


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