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Monday, October 3, 2011

How to land a job? Research, prepare and be confident

According to USF's Career center, in today's competitive market, it is vital to meet employers' expectations when interviewing for positions both on and off campus.  To ensure that you are adequately prepared for your interview, adhere to the following minimal guidelines:

Before the Interview:

.       Research the company
        o    You can gather information about their products, services, culture, industry and
              market position from the company website
.       Dress for Success
        o      Business Professional Attire is expected - this includes a coordinated business suit
                for both men and women
.       Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. This will convey your interest and
        eagerness for employment with the company
.       Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview
.       Review and practice answering sample interview questions - including both
        traditional, behavioral, and situational

 Students are also encouraged to participate in Career Express at the Career Center and speak with Counselor about Interviewing Tips. Career Express runs from Monday through Thursday from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00.

During the Interview:

.       Be on time. Arrive 10-15 minutes early and allow time for parking
.       Use a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact
.       Articulate why you are interested in the position and how your knowledge and skill sets
        make you the best candidate
.       Convey confidence and enthusiasm
.       Be honest
.       At the conclusion of the interview, inquire as to the best way to follow up

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