Interview Skills

4328 Words Oct 12th, 2010 18 Pages
SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWING SKILLS WHAT IS AN INTERVIEW?
An interview is a conversation between an employer and a candidate for both parties to learn more about each other for the purpose of filling a position within a company or organization. You and the interviewer each have a need: you want a job and the interviewer wants to find the right person to fill the job. If you receive an interview, chances are you have already been “prescreened” and meet all or most of the requirements the employer is looking for in a candidate. Typically this prescreening has been done through an application process and/or resume review. The interview is an opportunity for further screening. Through an interview both parties start to form impressions of whether a
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GETTING STARTED – HOW TO PREPARE
Research How to Interview Get assistance through UNM Career Services. Attend an interview workshop, meet with a Career Development Facilitator, and read material (such as this handout) on interview skills and preparation. Schedule a mock interview through Career Services and practice with friends, family and even in the mirror. Self-Assessment Conduct a careful self-assessment of yourself. Review your resume with a particular focus on experience related to the position at hand. Objectively evaluate your qualifications, skills, goals, interests and abilities, both inside and outside of the classroom, and think about how they contribute to the position for which you are interviewing. Anticipate your weaknesses and decide how you will respond to any questions that dip into this territory. Research the Field and Employer Learn all you can about the company and position for which you will be interviewing through the company website and literature. Pay particular attention to annual reports and mission statements, as this can provide a direct “window” into the organization. If you are finding it difficult to find information on the specific position, you can still interview successfully if you have a realistic and confident knowledge of your strengths and a thorough knowledge of the field. Informational interviews with alumni or professionals in the

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