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Girls Guide On Getting The Perfect Job: Before, During, & After Success Tips

Posted October 24, 2012 by felicialavette in Biz & Money

Before Applying

Read the job/internship description

Research the organization or company offering the job; Come up with a question or 2 about the position or organization

Revise resume to highlight skills required or preferred in job description and that align with the mission or core values of the organization

Before the Interview

Re-read the job/internship description

Practice a 1-minute summary of your understanding of the job – what are your core responsibilities? This will be part of your opening response

Practice a 1-minute summary of your reasons for wanting this job/internship – why are you a good fit for this position? This will be part of your closing response

Research common interview questions for the role

Practice answering the sample questions using your resume and the job description as a guide (each response should highlight your understanding of the job description, as well as your knowledge of how your skills and experience are a good fit)

If you know who will be interviewing you, research their role(s) in the organization and try to find a picture and bio

Pack a pen/pencil and small notebook to take notes

Try on your outfit and make sure it fits properly and is clean.  Clothing should at least be business casual – you won’t go wrong being more formal as a sign of respect

no jeans, no flip-flops, no spaghetti straps, no bellies, breasts, or behinds showing (no underwear showing), no micro minis, no shorts

Travel to the interview location using the same mode of transportation you will use on the interview date, and at around the same time of your interview; Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early

During the Interview

If water is offered, accept – you may get nervous later

Pull out your pen/pencil and notebook

During introductions, jot down name(s) of interviewer(s) in order introduced – you may get nervous later

In your opening response, thank the interviewer(s) for the opportunity to interview for the position

Take 2-3 seconds prior to answering each question to think about how to fully respond.  If needed, jot down key words/phrases from the question in your notebook as a reminder during answering

In your responses, show enthusiasm for the job/internship AND the organization’s mission or major function

If asked if you have any questions, ask the questions you created during your early research

In your closing response, thank the interviewer(s) for the opportunity to interview for the position

After the Interview

Reflect on the interview – What questions did you answer well? What would you change?

Write a thank you email to the interviewer(s) including a brief (3-4 sentence maximum) reminder of why you are interested in the position and why you are excited about the organization

About the Author


I cringe at the thought of writing my bio, because how can I truly explain how multidimensional I am in just a few short sentences. First, I am a child of God. Next, I am a wife and a mother. My passion is Sister Girl News and educating others. The way to my heart is chocolate, barbeque chicken, and Dr. Pepper soda. My daily goal is to ensure that everyone who meets me always walks away laughing.


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