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LAMP Workshop: Interviewing 101

LAMPs learn how to make their case to an interviewer! October Cultural Education Workshop identifies best practices for job interviewing.

"When I was preparing to enter the college, I distinctly recall a complete absence of any instruction regarding interviewing skills". Recalled Jaylen Smith, Cultural Education Coordinator for Lamplighters, Inc.

The October cultural education workshop for Lamplighters, Inc. focused on interviewing best practices and dressing for success!

Specifically, how to be prepared for an interview, what documents applicants should bring to an interview, the parts of a follow-up letter, and most importantly how to DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

Have a son who needs tips? Here are several to share!

1. Practice. Practice might not make perfect, but it does help you make a good impression.

2. Wear appropriate interview attire. It can be really awkward if you show up at a job interview overdressed—or underdressed. Always DRESS FOR SUCCESS so you make the best first impression.

3. Don’t go into the interview without knowing anything. Take the time to research the organization, so you know as much as possible about it.

4. Get the inside scoop. Besides researching the organization, see if you can get some inside information on the company and its employees.

5. Review the job posting. Know as much as you can about the job. Review the job posting and know what the employer is looking for in the person they hire. Also, take a look at your cover letter and resume, so you are clear about what you can offer the employer.

6. Have a good handshake. When you are greeted by the interviewer, offer to shake hands and introduce yourself to get the interview off on the right foot.

7. Smile. You don’t want to overdo it, but think positive and smile when you’re meeting the interviewer and when it’s appropriate during the interview. Positive people with strong interpersonal skills are more likely to be hired.

8. Show your enthusiasm. On a related note, show your enthusiasm and passion for what you do and what you’d like to do in your next job. It’s fine to let the interviewer know that you love your work and are excited about this opportunity.

9. Don’t panic. Even if you’ve done all the right prep work, you can be taken off guard by an interview question that you weren’t expecting. Prepare for the worst, so you don’t have to panic.

10. Follow up after the interview. A final way to make the best impression and show you care about this opportunity is to follow up with an email message, note or phone call. In addition to relaying your thanks for the interview, reiterate why you’re a terrific candidate for the job.

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