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Tips for Developing the Whole You

Ten Tips for Having a Great Interview

  1. Research the company and its industry. Be well versed on the latest trends or any big news going on with the company. Also, research your interviewer on LinkedIn and/or Google - you want to know as much about the person as possible.
  2. Clarify why you want the job and why you believe that you are the right candidate. Remember: they are probably interviewing a lot of other people.
  3. Try to anticipate the interviewer's concerns. Are there any gaps in your resume? Be prepared to discuss this.
  4. Prepare for common questions. There are questions that are bound to come up and the interviewer knows that. Make sure you know how to answer “your greatest strength and weakness:" this is common in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
  5. Have questions for the interviewer at the end of the interview. Make sure they are well-thought out, and also make certain that you could not have found the answer on their website.
  6. Practice, Practice, Practice!!! You want to come across as smooth, self-confident and self-assured as possible. This will only happen if you have practiced.
  7. Try to impress your interviewer in the first five minutes; it is always helpful to grab their attention.
  8. Take responsibility for the interview; don’t be passive. You are the one who wants the job!
  9. Be ready in case the interviewer throws out an illegal question, such as “do you plan on having a family?” You don't have to give a direct answer, but don't be rude either. You can always say that it is something you have not yet considered.
  10. Make your selling points clear: why they should hire you. Always try to wrap up your interview with a few good points.
Peg Wahrman