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Community State Staff Program - Preparing for an Interview

Research shows that people who prepare well for job interviews; feel more relaxed, understand more about the job, know the sort of questions they will be asked and have good answers for them, sell themselves better and leave the interview feeling like they did their best.

  • Take time to prepare for the interview, study the JOB (Job Opportunity Bulletin) and duty statement, learn about the job assignment and what your role might be. Job interviewers will expect you to know at least the basic information about the Organization.
  • Prepare examples of personal or special characteristics such as willingness to accept increased responsibility and ability to work under pressure.
  • Participate in practice interview sessions, with co-workers, family members, supervisors, and/or managers
  • Review your application before you begin your interview. Be prepared to respond to any question the panel may have concerning the information included on your application.
  • Dress appropriately for the interview (conservative business attire). First impressions count for a lot and looking professional goes a long way with most interviewers.
  • Be punctual. Plan to arrive early, know where to park and where the interview will take place. It helps to reduce your stress if you have planned ahead.
  • Make eye contact with the panel members.
  • Speak clearly and loudly enough so the panelist can hear and understand you.
  • Keep your answers concise, complete and brief. Support your statements with examples. This will show the panel you have prepared for the interview, and you know what you are talking about.
  • Provide details about specific accomplishments when discussing your strengths. Explain how the strengths you have relate to the community contractor's goals and how they might benefit the potential employer.
  • Remember to smile and be yourself; the preparation will help you be confident.
  • Remember your work history is critical to the success of getting the job; excel at the job you're doing. Make sure your performance reviews are outstanding, time usage is at a minimum and that you partner with a person who mentors and teaches you new skills.
  • Keep in mind these frequently asked questions: What interests you about this job? Why do you think you would do well at this job? What has been one of your biggest achievements?
 
 
Last Updated: 3/25/2016