Ch 2: Preparing for the Interview

About This Chapter

The job interview process can make anyone nervous, but if you're prepared, it can boost your level of comfort and confidence. The goal of the short video lessons in this chapter is to get you ready before a job interview.

Preparing for the Interview: Chapter Summary

Being prepared for a job interview ahead of time can help you stand out and may increase your chances of a follow-up interview or a job offer. The following video lessons provide tips on what to do before you meet with a potential employer and how to present yourself once you meet. This chapter includes:

Researching the company

It only takes a few minutes, but not doing it can cause you to be unprepared for potential questions. Researching a company not only confirms to your interviewer that you're serious about the job opening, but also allows you to determine if it is a company that you'd like to work for. Find out what to look for in your research process.

Creating a memorable resume and cover letter

A cover letter and resume are a package deal that is typically presented to a potential employer ahead of an interview. Learn the format of these items and find out what important elements to include to stand out.

Tips to avoid common job application mistakes

In this video lesson, you'll see suggestions for making your job application accurate, typo-free and professional, as well as how to be presentable once you land an interview. Some of the mistakes you'll review include applying for a job that you're not qualified for and not dressing professionally.

Ways to avoid interview pitfalls

So, you've gotten the call or e-mail back that you've secured the interview. Let guidance counselors in this lesson help you determine what to do and not to do during an interview.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: Preparing for the Interview
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Researching the Company You Want to Work For: Importance & Process

1. Researching the Company You Want to Work For: Importance & Process

When applying for a job, it's important to research the company you are applying to. In this lesson, we'll look at how to conduct research on a company, including looking at where to do research and what information to learn.

How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter

2. How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter

The first impression that a company has of you is your resume and cover letter. But how can you make them stand out from the crowd? Watch this lesson for tips on how to create a winning resume and cover letter.

How to Avoid Common Job Application Mistakes

3. How to Avoid Common Job Application Mistakes

Applying for jobs can be a stressful time but knowing the common mistakes that people make during the application process can help lessen the stress. In this lesson, we'll look at common mistakes people make before and during a job interview.

How to Prepare For Your Job Interview

4. How to Prepare For Your Job Interview

The job interview is an important part of the job application process. How can you make sure that you do your best? In this lesson, we'll examine ways to prepare for a job interview, including what to do before, during, and after the interview.

How to Avoid Job Interview Pitfalls

5. How to Avoid Job Interview Pitfalls

The job interview is an important moment for many people. But many people make mistakes that could cost them the job. In this lesson, we'll examine some common interview pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.

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