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1.1.1: Put Your Best Foot Forward URL Kentucky Office of Employment and Training: "Interview Dress Suggestions"

In this reading we are reminded that, "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." The authors offer suggestions for appropriate clothing, grooming, and jewelry, and remind us that, "The way you dress is how you want an employer to think of you."

1.1.2: Dress for Success for a Particular Industry URL North Dakota State University Career Center: "Dress for Success"

What may be considered appropriate dress for one employer may not be the best selection for another type of job. Employers from various industries offer their opinions on which apparel is best for a first impression, an interview, and a career fair. Read the introduction and click on an industry under male or female to learn the critique of the model's appearance for that type of industry.

1.2: Preparing for the Interview URL Kentucky Office of Employment and Training: "Seven Phases of an Interview"

Click on this link to read about several relevant interview topics. Begin your reading by clicking on the "general phases of the interview" to learn what to expect on the "big day." This resource offers a brief description of seven phases of the interview process, beginning with "Before you Go In" to "Making a Decision," that will assist you in making the right career choice. Other links on this page cover such topics as "Dos and Don'ts of Interviewing, "Truths You're Never Told about the Job Interview," and other thought-provoking links.

URL College Grad: "Mastering the Interview"

This article describes techniques and tactics to study prior to your first interview and differentiates between competency and behavioral answers. For example, click on "Top Ten Critical Success Factors" halfway down the page to learn personality traits, skills, and abilities that "nearly every employer is seeking." To rise above the competition, the author suggests that you prepare to show your competence in as many of these areas as possible. Links are listed that lead to many relevant articles such as "Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers."

URL Debra Wolf's "Job Interview Preparation"

"On the day of the interview, there should be no surprises." To present yourself most effectively, this article describes six steps in the job interview preparation process, beginning with knowing your goals for the interview to specific logistics such as the name and title of the person you'll be seeing, approximate travel time, parking, and so forth. The focus on the day of the interview is to appear confident, well informed, and enthusiastic. Debra Wolf also includes an Interview Preparation Checklist and a Job Interviewing Quiz in this article on Job Interviews. You may click on these titles in the Table of Contents on the right of the page or click on the links below to go directly to those articles.

URL Debra Wolf's "Job Interviewing Quiz"

Take this quiz to assess your knowledge about how to prepare for a successful interview. Click on "Get the Answers" to learn the correct answers to the quiz.

2.1: Types of Interviews URL Connecticut Department of Labor: "The Interview Process"

This article discusses how candidates can maximize the brief 30- to 60-minute interview to convince a potential employer that they are the right person for the job. This is not a time to panic but to demonstrate that you are prepared, have presented your qualifications effectively, and that you are a good "fit" for the organization. The authors also list questions to ask yourself after the interview to evaluate your success and areas in which you can improve.

URL CareerOneStop: "Job Interviews"

This article lists types of interviews including phone screening, selection, work sample, peer group, group or panel, luncheon, stress, video conference. A brief description and tips are offered for each type of interview.

URL William & Mary: Nathan Newberger's "How to Master Telephone Interviews"

The phone interview is often the candidate's first step in the hiring process. In this reading, Newberger describes the advantages to the company for this initial screening tactic and offers tips to job seekers on how to "manage" the telephone interview. The goal of the telephone interview is to secure an in-person interview. Therefore, preparation once again is the key to success! To learn how to prepare for other types of interviews, click on a link on the left of the page under "Types of Interviews." For example, to prepare for "Behavioral Interviews," you are advised to rehearse answers to potential open-ended questions relating to your knowledge and skills. Learn about "Case Interviews" by following the link on the left of the page. This type of interview will test your ability to answer hypothetical questions by creating assumptions and forming possible conclusions from those assumptions. Other interviews listed include "2nd Interview, Site Visit," and "Meal Interview."

2.2: Interview Questions URL CollegeGrad: "Fifty Standard Interview Questions"

This article suggests that you practice answering some of these standard interview questions. As is the case with all phases of your interviewing, preparation is the key to success!

URL CollegeGrad: "Candidate Interview Questions"

Although you have researched the company and listened carefully to the interviewers, you will demonstrate your enthusiasm and gain important information by asking questions. This article offers lists of suggested questions to ask human resource personnel, hiring managers, headhunters, third parties, and peer-level interviewers, and it highlights the top five questions to ask in each type of interview.

3.1.1: Salary Scenarios and Questions URL Virginia Tech: "Responding to Questions about Your Salary Expectations"

This reading advises you not to be taken by surprise. The article includes various scenarios in which you are asked to respond to questions about your salary expectations and offers possible responses to these questions.

3.1.2: Understand the Rules of the Game URL CareerOneStop: "Negotiate Your Salary"

This site offers information about how to obtain salary information for a specific type of job or occupation. Click on the "Identify the Salary" link highlighted under "Evaluate the Offer Wisely" to find salary information for over 800 different occupations. You will read how to communicate your ideas and concerns effectively. Because salary negotiation is a type of dance in which you and the employer may go back and forth in discussing issues, tradeoffs, and so forth, the article helps you to "understand the rules of the game" in order to achieve your desired outcome.

3.1.3: Negotiating Job Perks URL Rachel Farrell's "8 Ways to Negotiate for Job Perks"

Salary is not the only opportunity for you to negotiate with a potential employer for a desirable outcome. Many of today's employers are offering such perks as "extra vacation time, flexible scheduling, continuing education benefits, and tuition reimbursement" to retain valued workers and attract new employees. This article offers eight tips to "negotiate for perks in lieu of a higher salary."

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