High-Stakes Job Interview: 3 Smart Steps to Prep - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Setting out on your strategy to even land an interview is frustrating enough, but once you actually get your foot in the door for the interview, things can become a nerve-wracking ordeal.

Jean Baur, career expert and author of The Essential Job Interview Handbook offers offers a few tips to put your nerves as ease, via Brazen Careerist:

Study and expect the unexpected.

  • Research the organization or company carefully and go beyond what you find on their website, Baur writes.
  • Create a chart or map listing requirements on one side, and key words to remind yourself of how you match them on the other.
  • Add your list of questions for the interviewer at the bottom of your map. You never want to miss an opportunity to ask questions, Baur adds. It’s a key tactic to prove you’re interested in a company. (And bring this map with you to the interview – it’s fine to have a “cheat sheet.”)

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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