Preparing for an Important Job Interview

Preparing for an Important Job Interview.

Q: How can I prepare for an important job interview?

A: That’s a great question that is particularly relevant in this competitive job market right now.

First, know where you are going. Find out where your interview is located and allot the amount of time you will need in order to get there about 10 minutes early.

Next, do your homework about the company and job you are interviewing for. Read whatever you can about the company and, if possible, speak to people who currently work there or in a similar position somewhere else.

Then, look the part. Your clothing should be neat, ironed, and professional looking. Because it is not always possible to know the dress code of an office before you go on the interview, err on the conservative side.

Always, rehearse beforehand. There are some common questions that most interviewers ask, such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses? Or why do you want to work here?”

Don’t forget to sell yourself. The interview is not the time to be humble, rather it is your time to shine! Develop a short (less than one minute) “pitch” that explains why you are wonderful.

After your interview, follow up. Write a thank you note or friendly email expressing your appreciation for the time the interviewer spent with you.

Incidentally, preparing for an interview is very similar to preparing for a shidduch. Of course, looking for a partner for the rest of your life is significantly more important than a job interview. However, knowing where you are going (both geographically and emotionally), doing your homework on your date, looking the part, rehearsing beforehand, and recognizing your best attributes are integral elements of both job interviews and shidduchim.

Just got an interview for an important job? Read the 30 Seconds with Rifka Schonfeld column to learn more about how you can prepare to present your best self.

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