Get it Right the First Time - Interviews | CareerAlley

You get it right the next time that’s not the same thing. Gonna have to make the first time last.” – Billy Joel

You know how it is. You put in all this work to get to “The Interview”. You spend countless hours updating your resume, calling contacts, browsing job search engines and dealing with recruiters. Finally the big day, all of your work pays off and you get your interview. Are you ready? Unless you are interviewing for an entry level job (and sometimes not even then), hiring managers just don’t have the patience to sit through a “bad” interview with someone who is not prepared. Of course, there are degrees of “bad”. Like the time that I was interviewing someone and they could not stay awake. Every time I started talking, he started nodding off. Now I know I’m not the most interesting guy, but sleeping? So what’s the point? You need to put in lots of time before interviewing. Know the company, try to find out as much as you can about the interviewer, make sure you’ve studied the job description and can easily compare it to your experience. Today’s post is about getting the information you need to “ace” the interview.

  • How To Master Telephone Interviews – Telephone interviews have become more popular over the last few years and have almost become a standard “first” before the “in person” interview. The skills required for a telephone interview certainly overlap with the “in person” interview, but there are a number of things you may need to do differently. This article, provided by, provides important points on the What, When and How of telephone interviews. There are advantages to a telephone interview, you can have materials available that would not be possible in an “in person” interview. This article covers what to have and what to do.
  • Preparing for a Job Interview (like your future depends on it) – Another great article, does and excellent job of listing the important aspects of a job interview – questions, mock interviews, interview answers, attire and more. The best part of the post (in addition to the content) is that each sub-topic title has an additional link to more in depth information on that particular topic (just click the subtitle).
  • Interview Answers - Another great article from  An interesting set of potential interview questions and the answers they recommend.
  • MSN Careers – Interview Tips – MSN, in conjunction with Careerbuilder, have compiled a very impressive list of interview questions, what to do, what not to do and the list goes on.  Definitely worth a review, although leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Monster Career Advice – Interviews - Another good article (rated 4.5 stars out of 5).  The article gives advice on how to approach the interview.  A very interesting read and approach.

Good luck in your search.

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