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Preparing for Your Interview

It is critical to be prepared when you are called to go on an interview. Check off these items as you prepare for your interview:

  1. Know your employer—learn about the organization in general and specific office if possible.

  2. Be prepared to emphasize your strengths and how they fit the job.

  3. Arrive early and call if you are delayed or need to reschedule.

  4. References—bring a list of three references; do not use family members.

  5. Portfolios—prepare a sample of documents, projects, and pictures representing your skills and achievements in a notebook or portfolio binder.

  6. Dress up—first impressions are lasting.

  7. Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

  8. Bring several copies of your resume, a pad of paper and pen to make notes.

  9. Have a positive attitude and a friendly smile.

  10. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member until the process seems natural.

Check out this list of common interview questions  from the U.S. Department of Labor CareerOneStop.