Preparing for a Job Interview

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Author: Paula Atwell

A job interview is one of the most crucial parts of any job application. This is your one moment to impress the interviewer that you are the right person for the job. However, interviews can be very nerve wracking for both the interviewer and the applicant, therefore if you come to the interview thoroughly prepared, you will have a better chance of a successful and positive interview experience.

Make sure to dress appropriately for the job interview, and be clean and neat. You would be surprised at how many people come to job interviews in completely inappropriate clothes. Do some research on the company that you are interviewing for, including observing the operation of the company if you have the opportunity.

Know your strengths, and be prepared to talk about how you manage your weaknesses. Be able to discuss situations where you have met goals and challenges, and solved problems. Come prepared to ask intelligent questions, and offer possible suggestions to challenges facing your potential employer.

Job applicants need to have their references, resume, and past work history in an easily accessible format to forward to any potential employers. Do not lose an opportunity to work for an excellent company by not having all the information that you need. Preparedness is one of the job qualifications that interviewers are looking for. Why should an interviewer believe that you will be prepared for work every day if you cannot prepare yourself for one interview?

Finally, show respect for your current employer. No company wants to hire someone who will go around bad mouthing them when they are ready to leave. Your professional behavior on an interview will go a long way toward convincing potential employers that you are worthy of hire. Here are some how to prepare for an interview tips.


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of a small local gallery in Cleveland, Ohio -- Lake Erie Artists Gallery -- as well as a jewelry artist herself. Paula writes articles for Squidoo, Hubpages, and several other websites.

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