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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Interview: Master It

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The time has come in life when
a job change is needed, the
current employer down-sized,
or you out-grew a job position.
A search high and low turned up
a job interview. Be prepared.
Take time to visit the
organization's web site. Look
at the mission statement. The
mission statement explains an
organization's purpose.

The mission statement cited
that the organization is going
green, for example.

Refer to it in an answer that
you'd like to share in the
experience. Or, pick another
point to stir-up an answer
with. Always, be upbeat.

Your answers should reflect a
positive attitude.

The interview day arrived.
Don't focus on how nervous
you are.

Arrive at the interview, at
least, forty-five minutes
earlier than your appointment
time. It gives you an opportunity
to freshen-up, and get
comfortable in your new

Take a deep breath before the
interview, several. Organize
your thoughts, and avoid using
slang words.

The word money isn't uttered
from your lips. Push the
following unit of words,
thoughts, out of your mind.
Any idea when I'll get a pay-
raise? Although, maintain eye

Be respectful of those you
encounter. "Good morning." A
person rushed by you.

Some would say nothing, but
respond with a greeting. It
could be your interviewer.

Below are possible questions.

Why are you looking for

I'm looking to share my
experiences with a new
organization, and learn
new skills.

What do you want to share?

I'm organized, detail
oriented, and communicate

A supplier contacted my
office about an order. I
was able to pull-up the
necessary information on
the computer system, and
explain how payment was
mis-applied. I followed
up with the proper
department. What are
your weaknesses?

I have a tendency to arrive
for work before my shift
begins. My goal is to exceed
the quota, but after listening
to co-workers slowed the
practice. Why did you leave
your last job?

It's not a good idea to remark
badly about your former manager,

Tell the truth. It's possible
you didn't like your former
manager. There's no need to
share it in the interview.

I reached my potential there,
and want to explore a new
career. Be yourself during
the interview.

There is a question that
spreads panic, but stay calm.

The question is: Why were
you fired from your previous

My experiences, qualifications,
weren't appreciated. However, I
feel your organization can
benefit from them. Is there
anything you'd like to add, ask?

I read in your mission statement
about your company going green.
I like the concept, and want to
share in it.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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