3.0 Reading Text 1

Read the passage below.  Then answer the questions in the Exercises  (Set 1).
Passage 1
A LITTLE PREPARATION GOES A LONG WAY
So you’ve landed a job interview? Congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare. With so much competition for jobs today, the interview is more important than ever. This crucial face-to-face meeting is your chance to “sell” a prospective employer on hiring you. Here are 10 steps to acing your next interview. Good luck!

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
  1. Don’t walk into a job interview with zero knowledge about the business you are interviewing with. Research the company beforehand — visit its website, follow it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and do some simple Google searches to see what you can find out about its history and its leadership team. Be sure to showcase your newfound knowledge during your interview. This will boost your credibility with the interviewer and will help you to formulate intelligent questions to ask him or her.

2. PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Don’t sabotage your chances before you even arrive by getting lost on your way to the interview or getting stuck in traffic. Arriving late to a job interview leaves a very bad impression on the interviewer.
Map out where you’re going and prepare alternate routes. Figure out how long the trip will take, where to park, and anything else you need to know to arrive on time. Be sure you have the name and phone number of the person you’ll be meeting with.

3. REHEARSE BEFOREHAND
Every once in a while an interviewer will ask an unexpected question, but for the most part, many interviews play out the same way.
Prepare intelligent answers to common questions the interviewer is likely to ask, such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”; “Why do you want to work here?”; “Why should we hire you?”; and “Tell me about yourself.” Conduct a mock interview with a trusted friend as practice.

4. GET SOLID REFERENCES
Find at least three key people — former supervisors, colleagues, or instructors — who will serve as your professional references. Ask their permission beforehand, as well as the best way for them to be contacted.
You may be asked to send these references at a later time, but you should arrive at the interview with this information in hand just in case it is asked for.

5. BRING NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION
Make a checklist of documents that you will need for the interview, and make sure that you have them with you. These may include copies of your résumé, a passport, driver’s license, Social Security card, or portfolio of work.
If the interviewer asks for something that you did not know to bring, be sure to get it to them as soon as possible.

6. DRESS THE PART
Your clothing should be neat, pressed, and professional looking. It’s better to dress too conservatively than too casually. Be well groomed with clean, manicured nails. Keep tattoos under wraps and remove any facial piercings if you have them. If the work environment seems casual, you’ll be able to gauge later what’s acceptable — after you have the job.

7. ARRIVE EARLY
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview. Visit the restroom and check your appearance. Turn your cell phone off so it doesn’t ring during your meeting.
However, be sure not to announce your arrival too early or you might annoy the interviewer, who may be meeting with another candidate or simply isn’t ready to meet with you yet.

8. SELL YOURSELF
Now is not the time to be humble. Develop a 25-second sales pitch that sings your praises. In business this is called an “elevator speech,” a compelling overview of “why you?” that can be recited in the time it takes to ride an elevator. It should include your strengths, your experience, and what sets you apart from other applicants.

9. ASK QUESTIONS
Nobody is very impressed by a candidate who sits in silence, or exhibits little knowledge about the position he or she is applying for.
Based on your research about the company, ask questions that show your knowledge of the business and industry. Don’t barrage the interviewer with difficult or sensitive questions, but make sure your questions aren’t generic either. This is your time to prove that you are knowledgeable about the company you want to be a part of.

10. FOLLOW UP
After the interview, send a handwritten note or friendly email thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration, as well as restating your interest in the position. If you don’t hear anything after one week, call to politely ask when they will be making a decision.
Every interview is a learning experience. Even if you don’t get this job, when the next interview rolls around, you’ll be better prepared and more at ease, which will improve your chances of being offered the next job.
Source: http://www.allbusiness.com/tips-preparing-job-interview/
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