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How to Interview Effectively  The job interview is a strategic conversation with a purpose. Your goal is to persuade the  employer that you have the skills, background, and ability to do the job and that you can  comfortably fit into his/her organization. At the same interview, you s hould also be gathering  information about the job, future career opportunities and the organization to determine if the  position and work environment are right for you.  You can strongly influence the interview outcome if you realize that an interview is not an  objective process in which the employer offers the job to the best candidate based on merit alone.  But rather, an interview is a highly subjective encounter in whi ch the interviewer offers the job  to the qualified person whom he/she likes best. Personality, confidence, enthusiasm, a positive  outlook and excellent interpersonal and communication skills count heavily.  One key to success is to use every means at your disposal to develop effective interviewing skills:  selective presentation of your background, thoughtful answers to interview questions, well  researched questions about the organization, and an effective s trategy to market yourself. There  is no magic to interviewing: it is a skill that can be learned and improved upon with practice. The  Career Center offers the regularly scheduled workshop, Effective Interviewing, and individual  videotaped mock interview s for skill practice which can be scheduled with career consultants by  appointment. The Resource Room also has excellent books and videotapes on interviewing.  A second key to success is careful research about the job and the organization, agency, or  company with whom you are having the interview. You can request printed materials such as  annual reports from the employer in advance or use library resources. Yo u should also talk with  your contacts in the organization or use your personal network to discover the names of current  employees you might call prior to the interview. Knowing about the job will help you prepare a  list of your qualifications so that yo u can show, point by point, why you are the best candidate.  Knowing about the employer will help you prepare an interview strategy and appropriate  questions and points to emphasize. To further assist you, the Career Center offers workshops on 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MKT 101 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '08 term at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

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