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Landing Your Dream Job

By: Steven H. Dayan, MD and Terri Wojak
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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You may also be asked why you left former jobs, why you want to work for that particular spa and whether you are aware of the history of that business. Know your résumé inside and out, and be prepared with factual stories in order to reinforce what is listed on your résumé. Ask someone to do a mock interview with you, or practice responses in front of a mirror. You may feel silly, but you will be better prepared for an actual interview if you do this.

At the end of the interview, when asked if you have any questions, say yes. Try to think of at least one or two questions that you can ask, which will make you seem interested. Questions may include “What qualities are you looking for in an employee?” or “Is there room for growth in this position?” Before you leave the interview, inquire about the time line for filling the position, and find out when you should expect to hear back.

Send a personalized, handwritten thank-you note that day. An alternative to this would be to e-mail a thank-you note. Do not bring up rate of compensation, benefits or time off during an interview—save these questions for when you are offered a position. However, you should be prepared to answer questions about these things if the interviewer asks them.

Be professional

It can be difficult to find a great job, but preparation will pay off. Remember, it is crucial to come across as a professional at all times. Exude confidence and keep trying until you have succeeded.