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Interviewing Tips


How to Prepare for the Interview

Let us ask you a question. Would you go into your Political Science 1 final exam without preparing i.e. studying? Just show up and see how you do on the exam. If you want to get the "A" in the class you spend hours preparing for the exam.  You review your notes, you review the past quizzes and homework assignments, and you review the textbook.  Sometimes you study alone and then you might study in a group but most likely you spend hours in preparation for this final exam.  So why wouldn’t you do the same for a job interview?  A place that you will spend 10 – 20 hours a week and receive money for your efforts.  Yet, our guess is that students spend less than an hour preparing for an interview. 
If you really want to “ace” your interview and have it lead to a job offer here are some quick tips:
Preparing for Interview Success – Great YouTube Video

How To Dress For The Interview

Here are some tips on how to put your best foot forward in an interview. Remember an interview is your opportunity to make a professional first impression! How you dress and present yourself does matter. Once again it shows the potential employer that you took the time and effort to dress appropriately and understand the culture of the company and the industry.  Take a look at these YouTube videos and visual guides:
How To Dress for An Interview