In this discussion posting, you are asked to first reflect on and then discuss the last interview in which you participated, either as an interviewer or as an interviewee. Discuss what you remember doing well, not so well, and what you may have totally messed up. It is not required to mention the company or any personnel you interviewed or interviewed with. However, it is appropriate to mention the position you were interviewing for or for which you were the interviewer. The purpose of this posting is a retrospective on your personal performance with respect to what you have learned in your previous discussion posting. If you have not interviewed for a position in recent history or have not been an interviewer, discuss interviewing with someone in your organization who has had significant experience with interviewing and ask them to describe the do's and don't's of interviewing from their perspective.

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Make sure you stick very close to the question. It asks for you to speak about your own experience with interviews or to reach out to someone in your organization. eNotes may not quite be in your organization; however, I do have experience interviewing other people and being interviewed.

The first thing you should do for a professional interview is prepare to answer some very common questions. I have been surprised how many people look stumped when we ask, "Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult ethical decision." This is very common, and a thorough answer shows the interviewee has studied. The question provides an opportunity to talk about core values and show your problem-solving process.

This leads into the next point: decide three of your core values and try to link all the questions back to your "circle." If the interviewer asks you "What gives you strength during adversity?" for example, use that opportunity to go back to your core values. If you do not have values, the company may believe you are shallow or unprepared.

Finally, turn every negative into a positive. If the interviewer asks, "What is your biggest weakness?" do not give a negative weakness (I'm always late). Give something you are working on and tie it into the company culture (I'm working on arriving to events early to be the most prepared person).

For more on interviews, see the Experis article "20 Tips For Great Job Interviews" (under career resources) linked below.

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