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TipsTips for a Successful Interview 


By Magda Moncrief, HR Manager, Iron Hill and member of the chapter's Business Advisory Council (BAC)


So, you're in the market for a new position and have sent your resume to dozens of companies, when you finally get the call for an interview! Whether it's a telephone or face to face interview, you need to maximize your efforts at making this a stepping stone towards your next position. Here are a few tips on how to do so:

- Do your research! Nothing will set you apart from the competition more than showing that you have taken the time to learn about the organization you are interviewing with. Do research other than the company website. Look up newspaper articles and press releases for other pertinent information.

- Dress for success. When interviewing in person, be sure to dress professionally and do not overdo it with cologne or perfume.


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UnderstandingUnderstanding What an Employer Can and Cannot Ask You During an Interview

By Magda Moncrief, HR Manager, Iron Hill and member of the chapter's Business Advisory Council (BAC)


Most individuals with MS can relate to the foreboding that accompanies them to a job interview when thoughts of the types of questions they will be asked concerning their disability come to mind. Here is a brief rundown of the Legal and Illegal Questions and how to respond to them.

Questions an interviewer CANNOT ask:
- Do you have a disability?   
- Do you have any pre-existing health conditions?
- How many sick days did you take with your previous employer?
- What medications are you taking, or have taken?

- Are you able to use your legs at all?
- Are you on any medication?

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As always, if you have any questions about employment issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Christina Forster, MA, CRC
Employment Services Manager