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Helene Lerner is the founder of, a site that shares tips on skill building and strategies for women in career advancement. The site offers access to power contacts and an active message board-based community forum, complete with free personalized career coaching by esteemed business professionals. Below she shares tips on what to do if you've been laid off, plus helpful interview tips for your next job search.

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Expert Interview Tips

Helene Lerner shares five ways to give your best interview: 

1Do you homework.

Find out everything you can about the company and the person who will be interviewing you. This will give you an edge.

2Beforehand, make a list of your strengths (at least 5).

Actually write them down. Make them specific to the particular job you are applying for i.e., I am a good public speaker and this job will require me to talk in front of client groups in a convincing way.

3Have a mindset to get the job.

Even if you think the job might not be right for you, do your best during the interview. It's great practice to prepare you for the interview that will land you the job you really want.

4Buddy up.

Have a friend ask you some questions that might come up during the interview. Practice answering them and keep your answers short and to the point.

5Write out your list of questions and make sure to ask them.

That's your way of taking control of the interview, and it will emphasize your interest in the company.

If you think the fit may be right, linger around the office after the interview. Speak with some of the employees. Observe the environment - is it buzzing? Do people appear to be active and happy? You can tell a lot by just looking.

Best of luck on your interview!

If you have any questions for Helene, please submit them HERE.

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As CEO of Creative Expansions, Inc., Helene has produced more than 20 television specials, written nine books, and founded one of the premiere Web sites for professional women Look for her latest book, Smart Women Take Risks

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Bryan Rumley March 10, 2009 | 4:58 PM

i'm a male and i have an "Oral Board" style interview in a few weeks from now to become a 911 dispatcher, and i was just trying to find some tips on how i could do really well on it.

Bob Phillips February 27, 2009 | 3:46 PM

I am a male and I have an interview where the attire is "Smart Casual". Can you define "smart casual"? I am applying for a "Building Cleaner" position. How important is it to dress "smart casual" for a "building cleaner" position?

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