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Lexiboost: “Ignominious” Don’t slink out your next interview

Ignominious (adj.): 1. marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat. 2. bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.

Rear view of a young woman holding a paint roller --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Rear view of a young woman holding a paint roller — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Was your last interview marked by an ignominious retreat? I understand. The key to interviewing victory is planning. As Henry Hartman said: “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” You already have the opportunity because you are walking into HR’s door. It’s your job to be prepared. Have your list of potential interviewer questions with your customizable answers ready. And also have a list of your own questions ready to ask about the company. Prove that you not only need a job, but you really want the job you are interviewing for. Hiring managers want to know that you not only want to work, but you want to work for them. Research the company and figure out what makes them tick. Then ask specific questions about how you can contribute to their success.

Good luck!

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