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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

In today's competitive job market, the in-person interview is more important than ever. You need to be able to sell yourself and make a good impression. Here are some tips from Omar Yunes to help you nail your interview.

1. Do you research. During your interview, you'll probably be asked what you know about the organization and why you want to work there. Be prepared by researching the company. Visit the company's website, social media channels, and job evaluation websites to get a better feel for the organization. It's also beneficial to review your interviewers' profiles on LinkedIn or the company website to gain a better understanding of who will be interviewing you.

2. Review the job description. Review the job description to insure you understand what the position entails and what's required of you. When going through the requirements, take notes on your experience and accomplishments and how they relate to the position.  Review your notes so that you know how to explain your qualifications and what you will bring to the company.

3. Be ready to answer tough interview questions. Go over some of the common questions interviewers ask, including those that may be difficult to answer. For instance, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What are your weaknesses?" are common interview questions, but they can catch you off guard if you're not prepared. Plan your answers in advance so that you're prepared with strong responses.

4. Prepare relevant questions. An interview is not only a time for the employer to learn more about you, but also it provides an opportunity for you to find out if the position and organization are the right fit for you. Come prepared with some relevant questions to help you learn more about the company. Some questions you may want to consider asking include:

  • How has the position evolved since it was created?
  • What have past employees done to succeed in this position?
  • What are the performance expectations for this position?
  • What do you love most about working here?

5. Dress the part. First impressions matter. Plan and prepare your outfit ahead of time, so you're ready to go once it's time. This also gives you time to iron your clothing or polish your shoes, if needed.

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