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The 4 Ps of Interviews

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Dress for the Interview

Interview Questions You May be Asked

Sample Interview Questions to Ask  Sample Interview Questions Not To Ask

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Informational Interviews


 

The 4 Ps of Interviews

 

You've got the interview! Now you want to make the kind of impression that will get you the job.

Use these 4 Ps to present yourself confidently and professionally:


 

Prepare

Being ready for the interview will boost your confidence and increase your effectiveness.

Find out about the organization and the job you're applying for. Having this information will show the interviewer you're motivated and keenly interested in the position. Use the following suggestions to find the information you need:

Be sure you know what the position requires.

Identify the positive qualities you bring to the job. Knowing your positive qualities will raise your self-confidence.

Make a list of your

Identify your accomplishments and be ready to talk about them. Interviewers want to know about your track record.

They often use your past performance to predict your future success. Here are some tips to help you prepare:


 

Practice

Practising what you're going to say and how you're going to say it will help you speak confidently. It's a good idea not to memorize what you want to say about your skills and accomplishments. Instead, figure out which key points you want to focus on.

Review the questions you came up with and the situations you described for the 1st P - Prepare. Decide which situations would make good responses to the questions. Practise answering the questions using STARS descriptions of your accomplishments.

Record your answers so you can see and hear how you perform.

Remember that an interview is also an opportunity for you to ask questions. List three (3) things you want to know about the job or the organization. Practise asking questions about these things. Don't ask questions you should know the answers to. And leave questions about salary, vacations or other benefits until after you receive a job offer.

Role-play the interview with a friend, if you can. This will help you feel confident and comfortable about what you want to say.

 


 

Present

How you present yourself in the interview is vitally important. Your interviewers will be observing everything about you — your appearance, your attitude and your body language. It's normal to be anxious, but acting confident even when you aren't can have a positive effect on you and on the interviewer.

These suggestions can help you present yourself in the best possible light:


 

Participate

The interview is your chance to show your positive attitude and your communication skills. These suggestions can help you shine:


 

Use the 4 Ps and be ready for your next interview

 

Using the 4 Ps will help you make a strong first impression in your next interview. Each interview that's a positive experience moves you closer to the interview that lands you a job.


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