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How to Survive an Interview

Preparation for the interview

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Preparation is the first essential step towards a successful interview. Company interviewers are continually amazed at the number of applicants who drift into their offices without any apparent preparation and only the vaguest idea of what they are going to say. Thus, it is important to:

  • Know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer's full name, the correct pronunciation and his/her title. 
  • Find out specific facts about the company - where its plants, offices or stores are located; what its products and services are; what its growth has been; and what its growth potential is for the future.
  • Refresh your memory on the facts and figures of your present/former employer. You will be expected to know a lot about a company that you have previously worked for.
  • Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview. Remember that an interview is a 'two-way-street,” the employer will try to determine through questioning if you have the qualifications necessity to do the job. You must determine through questioning whether the company will give you the opportunity for the growth and development you seek. Probing questions you might ask... 
    • A detailed description of the position?
    • Reason the position is available?
    • Culture of company?
    • Anticipated induction and training program?
    • What sorts of people have done well?
    • Advanced training programs available for those who demonstrate outstanding ability?
    • Earnings of those successful people in their third to fifth year?
    • Company growth plans?
    • Best-selling products or services?

The next step.

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