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Preparing for Your Interview with VA

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Preparing For Your Interview

We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” before. It just so happens that’s true when it comes to interviewing, too. Preparing early is one way to ensure your interview will be successful. And applying for a Government position is no different. Here are some useful tips when planning for an interview:

Be Prepared

Review your resume or job application beforehand. Review the announcement for the job you applied for. If you have time, you might want to request a copy of the position description for the job so that you can get a better understanding of the position for which you applied. In addition, review all of the items on the organization's web site, including their mission statement. Prepare questions that you may want to ask during the interview.

Know the Organization

Be sure to do your due diligence beforehand. Talk to others who work in the organization, visit their web site, and read up on the agency's mission. Find out as much information as you can about the specific part of the organization where the position is located.

Look Your Best

You will never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Dress for your interview in clothing that is appropriate for a typical office environment.

Be Enthusiastic

Speak clearly, smile, and be attentive. This will help to demonstrate that you're truly interested in the organization and the job you applied for.

Be Honest and Be Yourself

Don't put on an act for the interviewer. Being yourself may help you relax during the interview and eliminate unnecessary stress.

Good luck in your endeavors! If you don't get the first job, keep trying. Each interview should be viewed as a learning experience and will be helpful to you as you try to land the job that's right for you. For more helpful interviewing tips, visit our Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) web site.

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