5 for Friday: Job Interview Success Edition

So you had a successful job search, got an employer to notice your resume and landed an interview. Now it’s time to amp up your interview skills. This week’s 5 for Friday provides you with articles to help you have a successful job interview.

  • Bring Three Key Stories With You To Your Next Job Interview. Lifehacker: “The next time you’re preparing for an interview, instead of trying to rehearse answers to dozens of common questions, think of three sweeping stories that describe times you did excellent work, worked with difficult people, or rose to a challenge. Real stories and conversations go farther than stock answers.”
  • Suiting Up for Success: Job Interview Attire for Women (Part I). Huffington Post: “If you are a recent college graduate, or jumping into the workforce after an extended break, setting yourself up to stand out from your competition is a professional priority. Your choice of interview attire will be viewed as an indicator of how serious you are about getting the job. Here is a guideline that will take you step by step.”
  • Why You’re Getting Weird Questions at Job Interviews. The Street: “Employers like to surprise job applicants with questions that can come out of nowhere and be downright weird in their phrasing — making answering those questions more difficult, and maybe making it harder to land the job.”
  • Salary Negotiation No-No’s: 3 Things Never to Say in a Job Interview. CBS: “Discussing compensation is one of the more delicate parts of the job interview process. Luckily, you don’t need a degree in negotiation to successfully navigate this conversation. Mostly, it means not saying things that are akin to shooting yourself in the financial foot. Here are three phrases likely to sabotage any chance of getting paid what you think you deserve.”
  • 7 Ways To Fail A Job Interview. Forbes: “If you’re interviewing often, you might need to up your game a bit and read through the list of interview fails below. If you’ve done any of these, it could be why you’re still interviewing.”

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