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Interviewing

The interviewer is interested in the following: (1) Can you get the job done? (2) Are you motivated to solve his problems? (3) Will you fit in with the organization? Prepare yourself for questions prior to the interview.  You must be able to express your qualifications, strengths, and interest for the position and be knowledgeable regarding the interviewer's organization. 

What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate.  There are a few things interviewers would like to tell job candidates well before the interview starts.

Networking

Networking involves making contacts in your field of study that can help you build up skills, gain experience and secure that job.  Networking can take place in various settings both formal and information.  It's important to attend professional events, career fairs, conferences, workshops, link to social networks and connect with alumni.

Top 10 Skills for Job Candidates:

What makes an ideal job candidate? Of course, top candidates need to have the requisite major and GPA, and relevant work experience, but it’s their soft skills that make them ideal.

In terms of the skills that differentiate candidates, employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 say they want good communicators who can make decisions and solve problems while working effectively as part of a team.

Following are the top-10 skills and qualities employers seek in their job candidates:

The Top-10 Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Seek

  1. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  2. Ability to work in a team structure
  3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process information
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10. Ability to sell or influence others

Source: Job Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers

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