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Inter View Tips For Job Seeker
Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.

Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical Job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Prepare a response so you are ready for the question "What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

Get Ready
Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

Be On Time
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Stay Calm
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.

Follow Up
Always follow-up with a “Thank you” note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.

Some Useful Questions
Before you set out to ask questions, keep the above reasons in mind. It would be good to sincerely thank the HR person for such an opportunity. You can start with something like “I have really enjoyed this opportunity to meet you and your team at .. (the company name). Yes, there are a few things I would like to know, thank you for asking” However it is not wise to ask the HR a volley of questions and tu it into a counter interview. Consider the questions below and choose one or two from them that you find the most useful to you.

    * What do you personally find the most enjoyablepart of working for this company?
    * May I ask why or how you joined this organization? / What brought you here?
    * I would like to know about the work atmosphere here…
    * Would you be able to tell me about this company's vision/philosophy?
    * How would you evaluate this organization's strengths and weaknesses?
    * I would like to know a little about my day-to-day responsibilities.
    * Is this an immediate requirement? How soon would you be taking people on board for this position?
    * I would like to know how my skills compare with the other people who have applied for this position.
    * I am really interested in this opportunity and I feel I have the required skills for this position. What would I have to do next?
    * Now that our interview is coming to close, is there anything you would like to know about my ability towards this job?
    * Would you be able to tell me a little about what the company expects from its employees? What are the most important assets and skills for this company?
    * Does the company follow a structured path in promoting the employees? How does it go?
    * If the company finds me good at the job, how would it advance me? What would be the next step in my career growth?
    * If I performed well in the current position, what are the additional likely opportunities for me within this company?
    * Are there any special areas in this company that the top leaders emerge from?/ Are there special areas like say sales or engineering that have more prospects for growth within this company, or do the leaders come from a cross section of different areas?
    * The company has decided to recruit for this position from outside. How does the company choose between recruiting from within or outside?
    * How far does this particular position contribute to the bottom line?
    * What advice would you give to someone selected for this position?
    * What are the current challenges of this position/department within the company?
    * Before I leave, can I have a formal/written description of the position? This would help me to review the activities and evaluate what is expected of me.
    * Is this job likely to lead to other positions in the company? What is the usual route?
    * Would you be able to tell me a little about the people I will be working with?
    * Before I take your leave, let me check my understanding of the position. The designation is ..., the responsibilities are..., it is in the.... department, and I would be reporting to.... Please correct me if I have got it wrong anywhere.
    * How does this company promote equal opportunity and diversity?
    * Would you be able to tell me who the company regards as its stars? What have been their most important contributions?
    * How do the subordinates address their seniors in this company?
    * Could you tell me about the management style of this company?
    * If you selected me for this position, what assignment would I be starting on?
    * Does this company have a formal mission statement? Am I allowed to see it?
    * What are the most important parameters along which this company evaluates an employee’s contribution?

            Some Usefull Question Answers

            1. Tell me about yourself?
            I am down-to-earth, sweet, smart, creative, industrious, and thorough.

            2. How has your experience prepared you for your career?
            Aside from the discipline and engineering foundation leaing that I have gained from my courses, I think the design projects, reports, and presentations have prepared me most for my career.

            Work Experience:
            Through inteships, I have gained self-esteem, confidence, and problem-solving skills. I also refined my technical writing and leaed to prepare professional documents for clients.

            Student Organizations:
            By working on multiple projects for different student organizations while keeping up my grades, I've built time management and efficiency skills. Additionally, I've developed leadership, communication, and teamwork abilities.

            Life Experience:
            In general, life has taught me determination and the importance of maintaining my ethical standards.

            3. Describe the ideal job.
            Ideally, I would like to work in a fun, warm environment with individuals working independently towards team goals or individual goals. I am not conceed about minor elements, such as dress codes, cubicles, and the level of formality. Most important to me is an atmosphere that fosters attention to quality, honesty, and integrity.

            4. What type of supervisor have you found to be the best?
            I have been fortunate enough to work under wonderful supervisors who have provided limited supervision, while answering thoughtful questions and guiding leaing. In my experience, the best supervisors give positive feedback and tactful criticism.

            5. What do you plan to be doing in five years' time?
            Taking the PE exam and serving in supervisory/leadership roles both at work and in professional/community organization(s).

            6. What contributions could you make in this organization that would help you to stand out from other applicants?
            In previous inteships, my industriousness and ability to teach myself have been valuable assets to the company. My self-teaching abilities will minimize overhead costs, and my industriousness at targeting needs without prompting will set me apart from others. Additionally, one thing that has always set me apart from my scientific/engineering peers are my broad interests and strong writing abilities. I am not your typical "left-brained" engineer, and with my broad talents, I am likely to provide diverse viewpoints.

            7. What sort of criteria are you using to decide the organization you will work for?
            Most importantly, I am looking for a company that values quality, ethics, and teamwork. I would like to work for a company that hires overachievers.

            8. What made you choose your major?
            My academic interests are broad, so I sought civil engineering to achieve a great balance of mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and writing.

            9. Have your university and major met your expectations?
            The College of Engineering at MSU has exceeded my expectations by providing group activities, career resources, individual attention, and professors with genuine interest in teaching.
            My major has met my expectations by about 90%. I would have enjoyed more choices in environmental courses, and would have preferred more calculus-based leaing.

            10. What made you choose this college?
            I chose this college for the following reasons: my budget limited me to in-state schools, I was seeking an area with dog-friendly apartments, the MSU web site impressed me, I saw active student groups, and the people were very friendly.
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