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Interview Strategies and Advice

If interview process makes you nervous and uncomfortable, you could wind up blowing it and missing out on some great opportunities. The keys to interviewing successfully are being prepared for the answers you may face, being aware of the interviewers goals, and experience. This collection of articles should help you ace your next interview.

Where to Start:

Art of Interviewing Well
Learn how to convince employers you©re right for the job. Source:

Career City's Job Interviews and employment interview technique
A well done resource for articles and advice on preparing for the interview, what to wear, interview questions and techniques, and post interview tips.

How do I Interview Successfully
A great primer on the entire interview process including tips, potential interview questions, illegal questions, common interviewing errors, and thank you letters.

Interview Techniques Handbook
A complete resource from the University of Manitoba Student Employment Services. Also includes sections on Mistakes that cost people jobs, dealing with rejection, and sample thank you, acceptance and rejection letters

Job Interview Tutorial 
A free tutorial designed to help you become more knowledgeable about all aspects of job interviews, with more than 50 pages of tips, suggestions, and expert advice.

Ten Steps to Better Interviews Strategies That Will Help You Stand Apart From the Crowd
Many job hunters are poorly prepared to interview. They believe that since they're smart people who can think on their feet, they can "wing it" in interviews and still make a great impression on hiring managers. In most cases, they're wrong. Unless you've spent a lot of time job hunting (successfully) in recent years, you're probably not ready to convince company interviewers to extend you an offer. Once you're willing to admit that you need help to become more effective in interviews, your education can begin -- with the following 10 proven rules to interviewing success. Source:

The Art of the Interview
If the very word "interview" makes your palms sweat and your head itch, then take a deep breath, sit down and read this easy step-by-step guide to interview championship. Source: The

What's the Difference?
Student work experiences go by a number of different names, including internships, co-ops, and practicums. Sometimes it's hard to tell what an experience should be called©definitions can vary among schools and employers.

Preparing for the Interview
Covert Job Hunters need Dress-Code Discretion
Choosing the right clothes for an interview is more daunting today than it has ever been, with the need to dress well without arousing the suspicion of your co-workers providing an additional challenge. Source:

Preparing for the Interview
Making a good impression at your interview can be as simple as doing a little homework beforehand. Source:

Prepare for Interviews Using Tested Strategies
There are few things in life on which we can truly depend. In addition to death and taxes, at least one job interview that doesn't go well comes to mind. Figuratively speaking, many job seekers end up wearing the T-shirt that says, "I came. I interviewed. I didn't get the job" one or more times in life. Fortunately, hope springs eternal, and most people keep trying. To increase your chances of being hired, follow these 10 steps before, during and after your next job interview. 

What to do when a headhunter calls
Invariably someday in your career, you'll receive a call from a headhunter. Here are tips on making a good impression, because you never know when you may need that headhunter. Source:

What's your Interview IQ
A useful self test to see how prepared you really are. Source: Washington Post

Avoiding Common Mistakes

18 Deadly Interview Mistakes
Some common sense advice to keep in mind before your interview. Source: Washington Post

9 Sure Fire ways to blow the interview
Want to destroy your chances of getting that job? Here are some real (honest!) interview incidents that personnel directors say did just that, according to Robert Half of Robert Half International. Source:

Are Hidden Fears Hurting You in Interviews?
We've all been in the midst of a sentence and suddenly forgotten what we were saying. Embarrassing and a little funny, right? Not when it happens during a job interview. Source:

Common Interview Mistakes
How not to impress an employer. Source:

Keeping a Lid on Interview Anxiety
Nervous about an upcoming interview? That©s normal. Fear of the unknown, rejection or failing is behind most job seekers© interview anxieties. But by managing the interview process, you can control your fears. Source:

These Interview Bloopers Could Cost You the Job
Once you've created a brilliant cover-letter and resume package, the next step to securing a new position is impressing interviewers. Meeting with hiring managers is stressful, but you can improve your chances of scoring well by avoiding common, yet costly, interview mistakes. Source:

Interview Questions and Strategies

Advice on Polishing Rusty Interview Skills
If it's been a few years since you've had to interview for a job, you may want to brush up on modern trends and practices so they don't catch you by surprise.  Source:

Advice on Answering Illegal Interview Questions Reply Candidly or Tactfully Decline
If you're ever asked an improper question in a job interview, you face a real dilemma. If you object to the query, you may offend the interviewer. Yet, if you answer the question, the hiring manager may be encouraged to continue on a discriminatory path. Source:

Advice on Surviving Tricky Interviewers
How to handle the tough interview questions designed to catch you off guard. Source:

Five Stress Questions and how to keep cool
An excerpt from Knock 'em Dead, the best-selling job interview book:
Your worst nightmare can come true at a stress interview, but once you learn that these questions are just amplified versions of much simpler ones, you'll remain cool and calm Source: CareerCity

Handling Illegal Questions
Various federal, state, and local laws regulate the questions a prospective employer can ask you, the job candidate. Source:

How Do You Handle a Salary History Request?
When an employer requests a salary history to be submitted with a resume, many job seekers find themselves at a loss.

How To Avoid Working For A Toxic Manager
Don©t want to work for a toxic manager? Learn how to spot the signs of a toxic manager during the interview. Source:

How to Behave in a Behavior based Interview
When Todd Lombardi sits down to interview a job candidate at Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc., he has a list of very specific questions to ask, and he knows how to follow them up with more probing questions about how the candidate performed in past jobs and projects. Source:

How to Gain Mileage From Career Bloopers
Executive-search professionals and hiring managers say that demonstrating what you've learned from your mistakes can help you outshine the competition for top professional or management jobs. Source:

How To Hit It Off With Job Interviewers
Every potential job opportunity and interview has a unique shape and content, so there's no sure-fire recipe for hitting it off with all interviewers in all situations. But you can understand and influence factors that will make you more likable to interviewers. 

How to Impress Interviewers Below the Mason-Dixon Line
The American South has a unique culture that surprises many newcomers to the region. Sometimes cultural differences hinder an outsider's job search in this 16-state region stretching from Delaware to Arkansas. But candidates can make their job searches more fruitful by learning about the culture and business practices common to it. Source:

How to Really Answer Interview Questions
Too many job seekers view the interview process as an athletic competition. They assume the challenge is to score the maximum number of points for style on each question, racking up an aggregate score that exceeds the competition's. Their performance will "win the interview," secure a job offer and, presumably, allow them to live happily ever after. Source:

How to Survive an 'Extreme Interview'
Advice on answering tough interview questions without making your responses sound canned or rehearsed. Includes a list of tough sample questions that may come up in an interview.

How to Survive a Team Interview
If you're preparing to interview for a job, you must expect the unexpected. Long gone are the days when a single interviewer asked questions that simply expanded on your resume. Today, you might find yourself in an assessment center or interview with employees you'd work with if hired. Source:

Interviewing Tips for the Experienced Job Seeker
As an experienced job seeker, you've been through the interview process enough times to know the basics. How will interviews differ now that you've got some work experience behind you? Source:

Interview Types
Major interview types and how to approach each one. Source:

Learning to Read an Interviewer's Mind
All jobs solve problems. That's the secret to landing a new job. Identify the employer's problem and show the hiring manager how you'll solve it.

Strategies for Interviewing at Meals
If you've received an invitation to interview at mealtime recently, you're not alone. Restaurant interviews appear to be a new trend, as more companies focus on getting to know potential executives thoroughly before extending job offers. They recognize it's a smart policy to see potential hires in a social setting, while using the relaxed environment to sell their location and work force with equal zeal.

Ten Interview Questions you must be prepared for
An excerpt from Knock 'em Dead, the best-selling job interview book, 10 questions and answers to help you prepare for your interviews. Source: CareerCity

Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Tough Answers
Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness. In addition to preparing yourself physically, you also need to prepare yourself mentally. The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming. Fear of the unknown can only exist when there is an unknown. Take the time to understand some of the "standards" when it comes to interviewing questions. Source:

Tough Interview Questions
Collection of useful articles from

Turning the Tables on Job Interviewers
In an inquiry interview, you must be ready to ask questions at appropriate times during the interview. Prepare questions in advance that relate to general concerns about your career path and company finances, products, services and other business areas. Source:

What to do if you blow it...
A Botched Interview Doesn't Have to Be Fatal
Even the savviest professionals can screw up an important meeting with an employer. Don't let a bad first impression ruin your shot at a dream job. Source:

Making the Most of a Bad Interview
Bad interviews happen to good people -- a lot. Nationally acclaimed workplaces aren't for everyone. The "perfect" job isn't perfect if the chemistry isn't right between you and your prospective boss and colleagues. But instead of exercising your right to end an awful interview, you should see it through.


Pinky, Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
I think so Brain, but what if the hippopotamus won't wear the beach thong?
- Pinky and the Brain "Pinky POV"

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