So, you plan to look for a job. Whether you're seeking your first job or fifth, there are some basics you should know that can help you through the process.

  • Assess your personal interests, abilities and career goals. Your first job may not be your dream job, but remember, it is a step towards it.
  • Check out the current employment market and identify specific job opportunities.
  • Apply for employment positions with the use of a resume' or application letter. The employer may also require that you fill out their application.

Good Work! You've been asked to interview for the position. Now What?

  • Research the organization. The Internet is a good source to gather information.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. This includes your listening skills.
  • Prepare questions that you plan to ask.
  • Prepare proper dress and grooming.
  • Arrive early for the interview.

They've called your name and it's your turn to interview.

  • RELAX! Be yourself.
  • Answer questions completely and calmly. Keep in mind any non-verbal communication may give the interviewer various signals.
  • Paying attention
    • Making eye contact
    • Smiling
    • Nodding your head
    • Sitting up straight
    • Uncrossing your legs and arms
  • Being inattentive or disrespectful
    • Shrugging your shoulders
    • Looking away from the speaker
    • Crossing your arms and/or legs
    • Sitting slouched over
    • Rolling your eyes
    • Tapping your fingers
    • Ask questions to help you better understand the organization.
    • Ask when you might hear from the organization.

The interview is over, but there are a few tasks left to complete.

  • Write down notes on how you can improve for the next interview.
  • Promptly send a thank-you letter to the people who interviewed you. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to meet with them.

Here's wishing you success at getting the job!

Common Interview Questions You May Be Asked

  • What activities have helped you expand your interests, abilities and knowledge?
  • In what types of situations have you done your best work?
  • Describe the supervisors who motivated you the most.
  • Describe someone with whom you had difficulty working.
  • What are your major strengths?
  • What are you weaknesses? What have you done to overcome your weaknesses?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • Who is someone you admire? Why do you admire that person?

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