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The interview process is a two way conversation designed to help the company determine if you are the right fit for the job and to enable you to make an educated decision about the job.

The goal of the company is to decide whether or not to extend you an offer.  Your goal is to help the company decide to extend you an offer.

Your background, qualifications, education and attitude help the interviewer determine if you are the right fit for the position and the right fit for the company.  It is also a chance for you to learn the things you will need to know to decide if this position is the right fit for you and your career path.

Note that even though you want to make an educated decision about whether or not you want to work for this company, your goal in the interview process is to help the company decide to extend you an offer.  It is important not to lose sight of this goal.

It is likely that you will not be the only qualified candidate pursuing this position.  How you conduct yourself during the interview may be deciding factor between you and another qualified candidate.

Preparation:
•    Inventory all responsibilities you have performed.
•    Be honest with yourself and determine your strengths and weaknesses.
•    Determine how this position fits into your short term & long-term goals.
•    Evaluate your present position and how well have you performed.
•    Ask yourself if you are truly ready to move on.
•    Picture yourself resigning to your boss. How does that feel to you? Are you just testing the waters and flirting with the idea of a new position?
•    Are you committed to making the decision? If the answer is no, then this likely is not the right time for you.
•    Make sure to research the company! Utilize resources such as the Internet, trade magazines and annual reports.
•    Review your entire resume and be prepared to answer any questions about any item on the resume.

Now you are ready for part two of the Interview Handbook, the day of the interview.


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