Interview 101: It’s all about Preparation

You perfected your resume, reached out to employers, and finally landed an interview.  Now what?

 

Getting ready for an interview can be one of the most stressful steps in the job seeking process.  It’s your first and potentially only opportunity to make a lasting impression with a great company.  Although there may be a lot at stake,  you don’t have to let an upcoming interview overwhelm you.  A recent article on Success.com titled ’20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing’ focuses on the one main problem many job seekers face when going into an interview: failing to be well prepared.

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

You can never prepare TOO much when it comes to an interview.  Not only will you feel more confident going in, but you will also come across more professional to those conducting the interview.

You need to put in careful thought and planning beforehand. For example, arriving about 15 minutes early is good; arriving much earlier than that, or later than your appointed time, tells the interview that you have poor time-management skills and you didn’t plan your route in advance. These are usually undesirable skills for an employee.

Patrice & Associates recruiters also double as skilled career coaches who will help you prepare for every step in the interview process.  Click here to find your local recruiter.

Below is a great Infographic highlighting 20 great Do’s & Don’ts when preparing for the big interview.

 

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  • Darryl Jackson has been amazing during this whole process!

    He has kept in contact with me from the very beginning! He gave the company I interviewed for a good vision of myself and they are talking highly of me! Without Darryl, I would still be jobless! He has called me on several occasions to check in and show me that he is reaching out to the next people he needs to reach out to! I could not have asked for a better supporter to help me in my job search! His business is going to excel if he continues to work this hard with his clients like he did with me and I honestly cannot thank him enough!
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  • Matt gave excellent information that helped me put my best foot forward. 

    I had the pleasure of working with Matt Lopez.  We have been on this journey with a few companies. I always felt well represented and excited about the opportunities I was presented. His timely follow up is one of the many attributes that stood out the most.  It is hard to find professionalism at this level.  He gave consistent feedback, and pep talks before my interviews.  It's quite a process when dealing with second and third interviews, and Matt constantly provided great energy and enthusiasm.  He also made sure I was always prepared in having all the ammunition I needed.  Whether footnotes, information about the brand, or providing key examples to respond during the interviews.  With this pandemic, it's been difficult.  Many companies are hesitant with the direction they are moving.  Even with my vast experience, Matt is my most valuable asset.  I have several Colleagues and I would highly recommend his service without a doubt.

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    James McClain Jr.
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    We found 2 employees using Sally Kennedy's services.  I wanted to let you know, she is amazing to work with!  We have used other services and she was able to find, by far, the best candidates for the positions.  I look forward to working with her and your company in the future!

     

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    Darryl Jackson did a great job providing the resources and the tools I needed to land a great job. He was patient, knowledgeable, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that I was successful.     Thank You So Much! Jalen Hannah I would recommend Darryl Jackson to any candidate!
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