Interview Essay

1733 Words Aug 21st, 2011 7 Pages
Interview Workshop
Q) What is an interview?? A) A formal meeting in person, especially one arranged for the assessment of the qualifications of an applicant.
Q) And what is the purpose of an interview?
A) Meet the employer in-person or by phone
• Sell your strengths and skills as they relate to the employer and position.
• Learn about the position and the employer.
• Assess if the employer/position are a good fit for your career goals, values and needs.

Effective interviewing is a skill that can be improved through preparation and practice. Oftentimes, individuals do not make the necessary preparations and then, when the interview is less-than-successful, dismiss the experience with the statement - "I am just not good at
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• Requires you to relay factual information
• Employer is taking your word at face value
Sample Questions:
Tell me about yourself.
Why did you choose your major?
What is a weakness you have?
Why are you interested in this position?

Resume is a document used by individuals to present their background and skillsets
With an estimated 5 qualified candidates applying for every open position in todays competitive job market it can be tricky making a resume that highlights your best attributes without being overkill. Knowing what to cut out of your resume and what to leave in is essential to getting hired.
Cut out jobs from more than 10 years ago if you have enough relevant experience from the past decade. If you don’t have enough relevant experience within the past decade it is okay to go back 15 years. Going back any further may make your skills seem outdated.

2. Focus on skills that are relevant to the career path you are pursuing. There is no need to put jobs or job skills on your resume if you won’t be using them. If you need to add jobs unrelated to your field of employment to fill time gaps, keep the details of them brief. Only list the employer name, timeframe in which you were employed and any skills relevant to your career path. If no skills were relevant, list just the basics.

1. If jobs you had in the past overlapped get rid of jobs that were short-term. There is no need to

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