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Vol. 11, Issue 18 - April 30, 2012

Are you preparing yourself prior to the job interview? Abridged: Times Herald-Record

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- When preparing for an interview, take some time prior to your meeting and learn about the company and the position you've applied for. Conduct a deep-dive analysis of the employer. This includes information about their products, services, history, financial health, key opportunities and challenges, people and recent news items. You should be well-versed in what the firm is about and where it's going.

Know what the job requirements are and how they relate to you. Make sure you understand how your experience and skills relate to the job requirements. Try to reach some contacts. Do you or anyone in your network know somebody at the firm? Find people who can give you more information on the job, the company and/or the hiring manager. Show that you're ready to start. Prepare a 1-2 page summary of how your experience, skills and knowledge relate to the needs expressed in the job ad. This is your talking document during the interview. It's also a "leave behind" document that talks about how you would approach the position.

Ask good questions. These questions should be developed from the research you do. You work hard to get an interview, and when it happens, you need every advantage you can find. Employers are more impressed with people who they can visibly see have spent some time preparing themselves. It's a way to differentiate yourself from your competitors.

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