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Expert shares on-the-spot interview tips

April 15, 2013
By Katie Kuba Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Nine of the 41 companies that will be in attendance at the first ever Randolph County Job Fair will be conducting on-the-spot interviews.

The job fair is being spearheaded by the Randolph County Development Authority, which is joining forces with the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, D&E and The Inter-Mountain to host the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 in D&E's McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education and Athletics.

Lisa Reed, director of career services at Davis & Elkins College, recently provided some pointers for how to wow those businesses who want to narrow down their pool of candidates the day of the fair.

Reed laid out five interview "dos" and just as many interview "don'ts."

On her list of dos?

"Use the skills you've obtained at previous employment and demonstrate how you can transfer them to the position you are interviewing for," Reed said. "Show that they're transferable."

"You want to use some sort of short story based on previous experiences to demonstrate how you solve problems or handle various situations.

"Thank-you emails are probably less desirable," Reed said. "A thank-you card increases your odds of getting the job by 20 percent."

And on the list of what not to do?

"A good interviewer knows how to get you to let your guard down," Reed said. "They might ask you something like, 'Tell me about the worst boss you've ever had.'"

A good rule of thumb in such situations, Reed said, is to avoid saying anything negative, especially about a previous employer.

"If you tap your foot, click your pen or crack your knuckles, make sure you don't do that," Reed said.

 
 

 

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