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Preparation is key

If an employer wants to know more about how you could benefit their organization, you’ll be asked to do an interview. At some large organizations, the initial interview may be over the phone. An interview is not only a chance for the employer to learn more about you, it’s also an opportunity for you to find out more about the organization, the work environment and what you’d be doing.

The single most important way to prepare for a successful interview is to practice with another person. A friend or family member may be able to help you with this, or you can contact a CareerForce specialist who has experience preparing candidates for interviews. You can schedule an appointment for a no-cost practice interview session to help you make a great first impression.

Finally, remember to thank your interviewer as soon as possible after the interview. Email is okay, but a handwritten note mailed within a day is even better. Don’t let your guard down: Check for typos and have someone else read your letter to make sure it adds to the positive impression you made.

Here are some helpful resources to get you started: