Interviewing 101

At some point—whether it be for college, our first job, or a career change—we all have to interview. Because this article could go on forever about tips to succeed, here are three of the most important tips:

Do Your Research. Before your interview, look into the company or job you are applying for and that particular industry. And, if you know the names of the people interviewing you, do a quick Google search and learn a little bit about the interviewers. You may find out that you and the interviewer are both from a small town in Texas and know the same people, or that you both went to the same college. Then, during the interview, you can casually mention that you are from Port Arthur, Texas and the interviewer will think you are just like him and would fit in at the company perfectly.  Just don’t be creepy. Don’t stalk the interviewer’s Facebook page and all his pictures and then comment on how adorable his daughter is—that’s too far, your resume will be placed in the “no” pile.

Dress The Part. Dress for the job you want. If you are interviewing seeking an attorney position, dress like an attorney. If you are unsure about what to wear, err on the side of business professional. No one will ever say you are overdressed if you show up for your interview in a suit. But, you will likely be crossed off the list immediately if you show up in ripped, faded, jeans and a tank top.

Ask Questions. Usually, at the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. This is your chance to show your interest in the job so, have some questions. If you did your research and looked into the company prior to the interview, you should have 2-3 questions for the interviewer. Try not to ask things you can find out on the website or things that were already addressed in the interview. 

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