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What to Bring to Your Interview: Tangibles and Intangibles

You've overcome the biggest hurdle and landed an interview with a promising company. The big day is circled on your calendar and you feel excited about the opportunity. Preparing is the biggest key to succeeding at the interview, and this means bringing tangibles and intangibles to the table. Here are some of the things you can arm yourself with that will brighten your chances of being offered the job.


Is Business Ownership for You?

by Robin Ryan, Author & Career Counselor

Many of us fantasize about owning our own companies. Nearly one million new businesses are launched each year, but over 85% will close within five years. There are some key indicators on who will be most effective as owners. Take this quiz to help you determine if you have the burning desire, discipline, and resources to become your own boss.


Power Interviews

by Neil Yeager and Lee Hough

The preface to this Revised Edition acknowledges that over the last 15 years the workplace has changed so much that new rules and new skills are required. According to the authors, "All employment is in fact temporary employment, what some people refer to as 'You Incorporated.'" Enter Power Interviews, an up-to-the-minute guide to selling yourself and navigating the equivalent of the rapids during your job search — the interview.


Q. Do employers really care about gaps in my employment history? I took some time off to have a child, and I'm concerned that coming back to work will be difficult.

A. Some employers will care about gaps in your resume. Others will not. Either way, you will want to have your explanation ready and rehearsed since it's likely you will be asked about it once you get to the interview stage. You may even want to cover the explanation in your cover letter so that you can get the interview in the first place. Don't dwell, simply state the facts of your situation and then transition into what you can do to assist the company. Ultimately, what you can do for them is what is most important to them.

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