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A Pro Who Knows-LuAnn Krey

LuAnn Krey, coordinator of career and employment services on NW Campus.
LuAnn Krey, coordinator of career and employment services on NW Campus.
LuAnn Krey, coordinator of career and employment services on NW Campus.
LuAnn Krey, coordinator of career and employment services on NW Campus.

LuAnn Krey, coordinator of career and employment services on NW Campus, explains the dos and don’ts of the job interview process. 

Q. What is the best way to prepare for a job interview?
The main thing is to know what you’re applying for. Don’t go into an interview blindfolded. Research the company and find out anything you can because later on, they are going to ask those questions. When they ask, ‘What questions do you have for me about the company,’ one needs to be intelligent enough to give a complete answer. The best way to prepare is to practice. Have one of your friends or relatives give you a mock interview.

Q. What is the best way to make a good first impression when going into a job interview and what should be avoided?
Arrive on time. Tardiness is a big pet peeve of employers so arrive early or at least on time. That’s just the rule. You have only one chance to make a good first impression. Turn off any phones or beepers that might go off; make good eye contact, and shake hands. Do not be a clock-watcher. Don’t talk too little, and there is such a thing as talking too much. Don’t forget to be nice to the receptionist, either. More than likely, that receptionist is going to have some input, and if it’s bad, you can forget about the job.

Q. What should people wear to an interview?
Well, a suit isn’t usually necessary, but you need to be dressed professionally and present yourself in the best manner that you can. Tuck in your shirt; make sure you’re well groomed and shaven; a little shine on the shoes wouldn’t hurt. For women, don’t wear a lot of jewelry. You should also find out the company’s dress code ahead of time. Attending an interview already out of dress code is a great way not to get the job.

Q. What shouldn’t be done at a job interview?
The first thing, which should be a given, is to make sure you don’t have bad breath or anything. Don’t show up to a job interview smelling like alcohol or smoke. Don’t ask about salary right away. Employers always want to know what motivates you. If you ask about money right off the bat, they know what your motive is, and it’s the wrong answer. Your body language is also very important. Don’t slouch or cross your arms. Try to appear comfortable without looking too relaxed.
I also want to stress that there is no such thing as a waste of an interview. It’s common for an employer who has already filled a position to refer a promising applicant to another company.

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