Dr. Joy: Preparing for the Job Interview

By WEEK Reporter

August 3, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM CDT

Most people would agree that going to a job interview can be one of the most intimidating and anxiety-ridden events in their life.

Wednesday, Dr. Joy has some tips for those of you who might be preparing for a job change and tips for attaining that new position.

Career coaches talk about the importance of "preparing" for an interview. What does that mean?

1. Experts suggest that you spend 3 hours preparing for an interview
2. Draft answers to the most common interview questions and practice answering them aloud
3. Read up on the company and their mission
4. Make a dry run drive to the interview site so you know exactly how long it takes, the just where the company is located.

What are some of the typical questions asked by interviewers?
1. Why should we hire you? (sell your qualifications and what you bring to the company)
2. Why do you want to work here? (here's where you talk about what you know about the company and how you can fit in)
3. What is your greatest weakness (talk about a weakness and how you have worked to improve that weakness to make it more of a strength)
4. What accomplishment are you most proud of ? (try to find something that relates to the job position or something that demonstrates you can meet the company's needs)

What are the most common mistakes a candidate makes?
1. Answering questions with one-word answers or sounding like they are reading from a script.
2. Being unprepared and not knowing about the company
3. Attending the interview improperly groomed
4. Being dishonest about your achievements or expertise. Remember there are trained career counselors who can help you prepare for job interviews… but the most important element is to show your passion to work hard and be dedicated to giving all you have to a company.

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