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What they are
Many people think of interviews as a "test"; it is better to think of them as a conversation
between you and the employer about the work that needs to be done.
What they do for the employer
Interviews allow employers to assess your fit for the work that needs to be done day-to-
day and over the long-term.
What they do for you
Interviews allow you to communicate relevant information about the match between you
and the opportunity. Be prepared to talk about your interests, your skills and your
personality in so far as it affects the way in which you work. Assess the fit with the
Timeline of an interview
How to do well
Be prepared for a phone call inviting you to an interview. (Make sure your message is
appropriate!) Clarify arrangements for the interview.
Research the type of work, the position, the organization, and the field until you have a
picture of what the work would be like day-to-day. Then ask yourself: "Do I want to
devote my time, energy, and abilities to this organization in this role?" Only accept an
interview if you would seriously consider an offer (in other words, don't use