Now that your resume is a masterpiece in five areas, it is time to prepare for the interview. The job interviewing process begins once you submit your resume for a position. The three aspects of a successful interview are: know the company, know yourself and communicate effectively. Employers are impressed when you come to an interview knowing the company history, products/services, clientele, size of organization and recent achievements. But it is extremely important to know where your position, if hired, fits and functions within the organization. Be ready to discuss how you have turned your professional weaknesses into positive strengths. Lastly, communication is key. Be sure to use normal professional tones and to speak loudly enough to be heard. This is not the time to be shy. It is a time for making a good impression. Start by implementing these tips at the next career expo that comes to town.
(Delores Dean, Ph.D., is the director of the Career Center at Florida A&M University. Join Dean on Jan. 31 during a live Twitter chat for help with resumes and interviewing. Follow @ FAMU_LivingWell.)