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Welcome To Interview Week: Are You Ready?

So I’ve officially named this week “interview week” to help you get ready for a job interview. If you are interviewing this week, have one coming up or hope to have one in the near future, this week’s for you! And I guess that would include everyone out there looking new ideas in job search. Are you ready for a job interview?

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During interview week you will hear about the finer points of interviewing strategy.  Points to help you during the interview day.  And I hope to hear that you’ve found a few new ideas.

Ready for a job interview?

Well, before we get started, I wanted to make sure you were caught up on the interview ideas shared here previously on the blog.

Interview Preparation

If you aren’t ready for a job interview, you may want to check out the Sip™ tool.  You can read my job interview prep post or go directly to the download page.  It provides a free, easy to use template to research the company and ready your mind for the big day.

The First Five Minutes

You are walking from the lobby.  You approach the office of your first interviewer.  What impression do you give from the moment your face appears from around the corner?  What cues do you give them and how can you get things started on the right foot?  The first 5 minutes are critical to a successful job interview.

What if I have an informational interview?  Is that different?

Informational interviews have a very different purpose from a traditional interview.  But if done right, they can deliver significant value for the near future.  Here you can read the 5 keys to successful informational interviews.

Say what you mean to say

Interview preparation includes identifying key themes and memorable benefits of your candidacy.  If you do not take the time to identify and plan your communication strategy, you will speak “off the cuff” and potentially deliver less than stellar details.  So, please.  On interview day, say what you mean to say.

Be interesting

Here you can read the fictional story of Josh Wellinson who interviewed Harold Zick for a position with his company.  Short story.  Big lesson.  Man nearly dies in job interview.

We’ve all made mistakes

Yes, all of us have made mistakes.  Some are worse than others.  If you haven’t interviewed in a while and would like to avoid some of the big ones, you can peruse this one.  Here I compiled 10 dumb things to avoid in a job interview.

Be yourself

It sounds so simple.  Of course I will be myself!  But the first sign of nerves and you might find yourself stretching who you are, what you’ve done and what you like to do.  Please be yourself in interviews.

So, that gets you mostly caught up.  Caught up and ready for more ideas.

As usual, I would love your feedback as the week moves on.  If you like it, let me know.  If you disagree, grab the microphone and speak up.

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Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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