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10/03/08
Interviewing Preparation Planning and Pre-work
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 8:39 pm

Three recent consultees’ questions
forms the motivation of this entry.  One came
from Michigan, by way of California, a
second hailed from Tennessee, and the
third resides in Louisiana.

A brief run-down on the situations: 
one received a low salary offer from a
company and wanted help in determining
whether to accept.  The person questioned
the need for interview practice.

one had two interviews in two locations with
the same company and sought preparation
recommendations.

one is recently married and has an out-of-state
interview.  The spouse has a choice position
in-state.  This person sought suggestions on
the two-body problem.  In addition, this person
wanted to talk about what career aims to have
and how does one form them.

Each of these at an earlier point in this blog
would have separate entries.  They are
inter-related and previous entries can
relate to issues that need to be addressed.

PREPARATION AND PRACTICE
There is no doubt as professionals in a very
competitive environment, a job interview is
comparable to competitive sports and
presidential debates.  In all cases,
professionals prepare, practice,
consider alternatives and devise strategies
to deliver their message.

Some preparation tips can also be found. 1 2

PRIMARY TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT
For technical professions, when we are asked
to give a technical talk, it is the primary way we
will be evaluated for our technical skills.  One
should ask about equipment availability, number
in your audience and who they are.  Then,
consider using it to show that you have the skills
that match the job description.

Practice, practice, practice.

Then, create a shortened version of the talk,
lasting no more than 5 minutes.  You will
occasionally be asked to do this.  Find a way
to use a visual aid that can be written on a
board or paper when delivering the
shortened version.  See also 3 .

DO I FIT IN WITH THE CULTURE
See 4 .

DECISION MAKING
See 5 .

TWO BODY PROBLEM
See 6 .

CAREER GOAL SETTING
See 7 .

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