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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006 11:18 am | Updated: 4:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

This week’s interview advice comes from Janet Lilly with Maricopa Workforce Connection. How should one prepare for an interview? “Begin by studying the job description and noting your qualifications as compared to the company’s requirements.

Outline the skills, strengths, personal traits and achievements that make you an asset for this position. Remember that the company is hiring a ‘whole’ individual rather than a skill set, and is looking at whether or not the person you portray is a good fit for the culture of the organization.

What are some mistakes to avoid?

“There are three that will be sure to do you in: Malign a former employer; Speak negatively about an issue; Discuss personal details of your life that are not relevant to the position. Additionally, don’t ramble. Brevity in articulation is a must.”

Describe a positive interview

“A male interviewed for a management position in corporate America. His attire was professional dress. His initial handshake, smile and opening words indicated positive energy and enthusiasm, which he maintained throughout the interview. With continued eye contact, his response to each question was confident, knowledgeable and thorough. His questions were well thought out and relevant to the job. At the conclusion of the interview he expressed a sincere desire to be part of the team, with gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the company. It was apparent that he had done his pre-interview homework, and one week later, the job was his!”

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