Check out the very informative SlideShare from Prakash Bala below:
I believe the “meat and potatoes” of the slideshow are on slide 7 and 8. Prakash lists very important key points you must remember to do before an interview. I cannot stress this enough, you must absolutely, positively practice for any interview if you expect to have a chance to get the job. There is way too much competition out there today.
See some stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in April for adult men (5.9 percent), adult women (5.7 percent), teenagers (19.1 percent), whites (5.3 percent), blacks (11.6 percent), and Hispanics (7.3 percent). The jobless rate for Asians was 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed over the year. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 287,000 in April to 3.5 million; these individuals accounted for 35.3 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has decreased by 908,000. (See table A-12.)
So you see, it stands to reason that anyone that really wants to get that job they have their eye on, will practice, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Because the employers short list likely totals at least 30 others maybe just as qualified as you.
So here are some of the steps that Prakash outlined in his slideshare:
- Have a written script to read from
- Practice in front of a mirror until you think it is perfect
- Calculate how long it takes you to read your script
- Ensure that you highlight all your top accomplishments in your script
- Make it about 1 to 2 minutes long, succinct and to the point with 3 to 4 sections
- Start with stating your contact info: name, title, location
- Discuss your academic qualifications
- Speak to any projects, its goals, objectives, and outcomes and your role in it
- List your strengths, accomplishments, and what you will bring to the table
- Conclude with your email address, phone number, and any professional website address
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