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Interviews are both an art and a science.
Success boils down to:
Preparation, first impressions, Q&A and finishing strong.
Let's look into part 1 of 4 preparation and top tips for proactive job seekers. Benjamin Franklin says it best "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail"
If you haven't read it yet check out 'application groundwork' which steers you through the foundational process. Underestimate the importance of thorough preparation at your peril. At this point you want to be asking yourself all sorts of questions about; your future employer, your own background, what you want to achieve and what you need to know more about.
Top tip: Make neat preparation notes that you can take with you and read an hour before the interview (keep them in your bag during the actual interview).
Top tip: the more weaknesses and gaps you identify at this stage the more proactively you can prepare for anticipated questions.
Top tip: carry a notebook at all times or use the notes app on your phone and keep a track of interesting thoughts and ideas that begin to surface.
Top Tip: procrastination kills dreams so be mindful and if you notice yourself doing it make a game plan and take action.
I recommend creating a plan and you're welcome to use this guide as your check list. Some of the tasks can be tackled during your commute or while the kettle boils but others will require quality time so schedule that in now. Good luck with it and when you're ready, move on to Interview Alchemy: first Impressions. I'll see you there!
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