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Job Interview Tips: Questions & Thank-You Letters

Instructor: Shicara Hollie

Shicara has a Master Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing

We will discuss the different phases of interviewing for a job. This lesson will cover important tips before the interview, how to answer questions during the interview, and writing thank-you letters after the interview. Test your knowledge with a quiz at the end of the lesson.

Before the Interview

Job interview is the process of employee selection for an organization or group. Job interviews begin before the applicant meets with the employing representative of the organization. Before the interview, an applicant must take many things into consideration in order to fully prepare. Applicants should perform the following before the day of the interview:

Research the job and company: In order for applicants to understand what type of company and job they are interviewing for, they should perform research. Applicants can evaluate the company's website, company reviews, articles, and employee feedback to get a better grasp of the company and the position.

Use network: As mentioned before, applicants should use their network of friends and business contacts who work directly with the company to get feedback. Finding out such things as company culture, characteristics of a top performer, management, and typical interview questions are beneficial when preparing for an interview.

Practice interviewing: Practice makes perfect! Once receiving information about the type of interview, the applicant should review the typical questions that may be asked. It would be beneficial to review with a friend and perform a mock interview. In most cases, reviewing questions can help an applicant become more prepared and confident before an interview.

Dress to impress: First impressions are important for employers. Depending on the environment of the employer, the dress code can change from professional attire to casual attire. A great tip is to verify the dress code with the human resources department before the interview so that you are aware and prepared.

During the Interview

Questions

One thing that all applicants should keep in mind is that no one knows their work history better than they do! So first, the applicant should take a deep breath and then proceed. The question and answer portion of the interview is a 2-way street. The applicant should come with prepared questions for the interviewer, as well.

Below are a few examples of questions that an interviewer may be asked:

  • Tell me about yourself?

This question gives the applicant the opportunity to give their 2-minute commercial. This will include information such as education, work history, projects, and any information that can be related to the position.

  • What are some of your strengths?

The applicant should give their top three strengths. The applicant should keep in mind that the strengths provided should be related to the position.

  • What are some of your weaknesses?

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