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Resume Tips

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Interviewing Tips

This is the opportunity you have been waiting for!! Interviewing can be somewhat intimidating - following these guidelines can help you alleviate some of your stress.

Preparation

First Impression

Waiting

Body Language

Responding To Questions

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5 Questions You Should Ask

Write out a list of at least five questions to ask at the end of an interview. If you have only thought of one or two, this becomes a problem if your questions are already answered during the interview. It is much more difficult to think of a well worded question when you are under pressure.

  1. Please explain what my day to day responsibilities would be.
  2. Can you please describe the organization of the company?
  3. What are the short term / long term goals for this department and how does that relate to the company as a whole?
  4. What are some of the abilities and skills needed to be successful in this position?
  5. Tell me about the company's management style.

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10 Commonly Asked Questions

You should practice answers to these commonly asked questions. This will help you to answer questions without stumbling over your words.

  1. Why did you leave your last job?
  2. What are your best accomplishments?
  3. Which areas do you need to develop?
  4. Describe your ideal position?
  5. Describe your ideal supervisor?
  6. Site some examples of your ability to be a team player?
  7. What did you like best / least about your previous position?
  8. Describe how you work under stress / pressure?
  9. What motivates you?
  10. Why should I hire you?

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References

The majority of employers WILL check your references. For many companies this is a standard procedure and often an offer is contingent upon references checking out.

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Other Resources

Features virtual interviews, quizzes on interviewing strategies, and tips on how to prepare for different types of interviews. The site also links to Monster.com's other career-planning sections.

Great database of potential interview questions and sample answers. Other article topics include interview do's and don'ts, on-site interview tips, and phone-interviewing strategies.

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