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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: A 10-Step Guide to Job Interview Prep

Preparing for a job interview can feel a lot like being a student all over again: no matter how much you study, there’s always something more you could do to succeed.
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But, the reality is that you only have so much time. To make the most of it, our lead story offers 10 steps for efficient and effective job interview prep. That, plus some unexpected benefits of telecommuting and tips for conquering networking anxiety, in this week’s roundup.

Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa: How to Prepare for an Interview

The first step is to ask for a job description — don’t just rely on the ad.

“What they’ve posted online may not be the full description or even the most recent version of the job requirements,” writes Morgan. “It isn’t unusual for a company to have a different version of the job description for use internally. It may be more descriptive. There’s nothing wrong with asking the person scheduling the interview if they can send you the full job description. You may even reach out to someone you know inside the company and ask what they can find on the internal job posting site.”

For more tips, see the full post.

Rebecca Lee Douglas at Fast Company: This Is How To Conquer Even The Most Hardcore Networking Anxiety

“The truth is, almost everybody experiences some level of anxiety in different social situations, and you can absolutely be anxious and still make positive connections at networking events,” writes Douglas. “It just might take a bit more focus and patience than it does for the naturally extroverted schmoozers and hand-shakers out there.”

In this article, Douglas speaks with a psychotherapist to get tips on how to handle the most serious cases of networking nerves.

Jane Scudder at Fairygodboss: 5 Benefits of Telecommuting You Wouldn’t Expect

“A lot of companies are hiring telecommuters, who are employees who don’t make the daily commute to the office space because they don’t work in the companies’ buildings,” Scudder writes. “They do home-based work instead that offers a lot of perks. For example, a flexible work arrangement can offer employees a better work-life balance and, therefore, often results in higher job satisfaction, too.”

But telecommuting also offers some benefits you might not expect. For example, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that working from home can boost your executive presence. Here’s how.

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