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Interview : does this word get you weak in your knees, tongue tied and palms sweating. Getting through an interview is critical to get the job that you aspire for. Presenting a series on - a winning interview.

Interviewee checklist

Before you go and face the interview you need to do some groundwork and run a checklist.

Have you prepared for the interview by studying the types of questions asked?
Have you done your research on the company
Have you found out the appropriate dress to wear
Are you familiar with the traits interviewers look for?
Do you have career goals?
Have you determined how you can benefit the company?
Have you studied the company's job requirements?
Are you knowledgeable about the industry in which you plan to work for?
Are you keeping records of you interviews?
Did you write a follow up letter?

What do you have to do?

Research the company/ job before the interview
Plan your approach
Make most of your resume/ application
Maximize your skills and background
Make the best possible first impression
Feel at ease participating in the interview
Pay attention ' listen/ look for cues and clues
Use communication skills to sell yourself
Find out about the company/ department, their policies and practices
Use your references to the best advantage
Convey your interest in the company and the job
Discuss in the interview special consideration, such as talent, handicap
Relate your education and training to the job requirements
Make effective decisions during the interview
Accept gracefully, being turned down or getting the job offer
Follow up after the interview

Next week what employers look for.

Information courtesy PROGIS, HEART Trust/ NTA, Jamaica
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