How to Make the Most of the 24 Hours Before Your Job Interview

You’ve managed to score yourself an interview at a company where you’d like to work. The only problem is, it’s tomorrow! Perhaps they have deliberately given you short-notice, or maybe you just haven’t had time to prepare. Whatever the reason, the first thing to do is not to panic. There is plenty you can still do to prepare for an interview, even if it is only 24 hours away.

Contact the Person Who Invited You to the Interview

If you are running short of time, the first thing to do is contact someone from the company to confirm all of the details about your appointment. Make sure you know how to get to the office reception and confirm the dress code. Also, try to find out the name of the person who will be conducting your interview so that you can greet them by name when you arrive. Personal touches always help to give a positive impression.

While on the phone, you can also try to secure information about the company and the job being offered. Asking a few questions about the role can help you prepare for the interview while making you look enthusiastic about the position. You should also ask for an emailed copy of the job description if this isn’t something you already have.

Search the Company Online

Remember that employers use interviews to see how well suited you are for their company. Qualifications can only get you so far, and they will be looking for people who will fit in with the other members of the team. Get online and see what you can find out about the company and their work ethos.

There are a few basic facts you should know, such as the focus of the company, what their stature is either locally or globally, and what the core principles are. You should be tailoring what you say to match the company ethos, so the more you can find out, the better.

Check out Forums to get a More Personal Insight

Another good tip is to search through online forums and reviews. If you can find information from recent employees, you can gauge how the working day is likely to unfold. You may even get lucky and find a few posts about someone’s recent interview.

Social media is also great for this purpose. Searching the company name on Twitter and Facebook can give you an insight that you will struggle to acquire elsewhere. Remember, as much as you might want to get the job, you also need a happy working life, so it is crucial to look out for warning signs.

Focus on Your Skills

Once you’ve found out everything you can about the company, it is time to focus on yourself. Make a list of your skills, and try to highlight the ones that you think will be most relevant to the role. Use what you know about the company to decide what they will want to hear, rather than focusing on what you want to say.

Try to think of a few examples from your career so you can demonstrate your abilities during the interview. Companies want to know that you are true to your word, and will expect you to give evidence of your skills.

Get Everything Ready the Night Before

Finally, after a hard day researching and preparing, you should get everything ready the night before. Take out the outfit you are going to wear, make sure you have any documentation you might need, and put your keys somewhere that you won’t forget. Print several clean copies of your resume in case you meet with multiple interviewers.

You want interview day to be as calm as possible, to allow time to compose yourself and run on schedule.

If you have found yourself short of time to prepare for an interview, then there is no need to panic. Sure, it is better to have as much time as possible to do all of your research, but you can still give an excellent impression with just 24 hours notice. Remember, an interview is about assessing how your personality will fit in with the group. Focus on making yourself desirable to the company’s ethics, and you stand a high chance of landing the job.

 

Job Search Survival Workshop Sept. 16 & 17, 2019

LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY

Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, September 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in Meeting Room 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The series will continue on Tuesday, September 17, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 8 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners and a mixture of retired and working professionals – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the University Branch Library (281-633-5100) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

Resume Writing Workshop, Aug. 13, 2019

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ AT LIBRARY PROGRAM

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time or updating an existing one can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, August 13, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview Drive in Richmond.

Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé and will receive a template and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

For help in updating an existing resumé, please bring a copy to the class.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604, or by visiting the library.

 

Career Goals Workshop June 5, 2019

LEARN HOW TO SET CAREER GOALS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY WORKSHOP

Job-hunters will gain insight into how to make advancements in a chosen career at a special workshop “S.M.A.R.T. Career Goals” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library on Wednesday, June 5, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, in Meeting Room 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Cynthia S. Price, United Way Thrive Employment Coach with Family Houston, will provide tips on how to set and achieve career goals that are specific, measureable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the University Branch Library (281-633-5100) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

 

Resume Workshop June 11, 2019

GET HELP CREATING A RESUMÉ AT LIBRARY PROGRAM

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time or updating an existing one can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview Drive in Richmond.

Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé and will receive a template and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

For help in updating an existing resumé, please bring a copy to the class.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604, or by visiting the library.

 

Job Interview Workshop May 30, 2019

LIBRARY WORKSHOP HELPS JOB-HUNTERS IMPROVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

Get hands-on help at a special “Job-Interview Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University BranchLibrary on Thursday, May 30, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Meeting Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Priyanka Raut and Ayo Ogunye, career counselors from the University of Houston Sugar Land, will share tips on how to prepare for a job interview. Gain a better understanding of interview strategies, including how to respond to behavioral questions and what questions to ask the interviewer. Whether entering the workforce for the first time or making a career transition later in life, job-hunters of all experience levels will gain helpful information to achieve a more successful interview.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100 or the library system’s Communications office at 281-633-4734.

 

Resume Writing Workshop May 14, 2019

Individuals creating a resumé for the first time can get hands-on help at a special “Resumé Workshop” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 14, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé and will receive a template and description of the essential elements that they can take home with them.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2604, or by visiting the library.

 

Learn Job Search Survival Tips at Sugar Land Library, March 25 & 26, 2019

LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY

Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, March 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. The series will continue on Tuesday, March 26, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 8 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners and a mixture of retired and working professionals – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

 

Online Job & Career Resource Demonstration March 21, 2019

LIBRARY TO DEMONSTRATE ONLINE JOB AND CAREER RESOURCE

Job-hunters can learn about a special online resource, Job & Career Accelerator™, available through Fort Bend County Libraries, at an introductory demonstration on Thursday, March 21, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Staff from the library’s Adult Services department will provide an overview and demonstration of this easy-to-use online resource for job-hunters who are searching for the right job or a new career. Job & Career Accelerator helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more. The database includes detailed information on more than 1,000 different occupations, and matches interests and skills with possible careers. It also provides more than five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings.

The Job & Career Accelerator resource can be accessed remotely at any time of the day or night from a home computer with an Internet connection. A library card barcode number is required to use this resource outside of the library.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “University Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.

 

Workshops for Job Seekers Starting March 7, 2019

WORKSHOPS FOR JOB HUNTERS AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Are you looking for a job or considering a career change?  You can pound the pavement with all the other job-hunters, or you can begin your search with a little preliminary legwork at the library.

In March, Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library in Richmond will present three workshops that will provide assistance for job-hunters.

On Thursday, March 7, Richard Prather from Texas Workforce Solutions will present “Up & Out: Resumés, Applications, and Cover Letters” beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. Prather will share tips on how to make the most impact with prospective employers by completing professional applications, resumés, cover letters, and thank you notes that truly stand out among the rest.

On Tuesday, March 12, the library will have a “Resume-Writing Workshop” beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library. Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé. For assistance on a pre-existing resumé, please have a digital copy available on a USB flashdrive, saved to the cloud, or have access to it via email. Registration is required.

On Saturday, March 23, Richard Prather will present “Up & Out: Landing That First Job”beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Meeting Room. Prather will provide insight into how to build the experience that can launch a future career.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the Resume-Writing workshop, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455, or sign up on the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), by clicking on “Events,” selecting “George Memorial Library,” and finding the program.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.