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The interview process can be intimidating and uncertain. You know your talents and skills and want to make sure you effectively communicate that to the company you want to work for. Progressive Recruiting Manager Christy Palfy suggests keeping these 5 things in mind as you prepare:

Turn pre-interview time into a fact-finding mission. If you land an interview, reach out to your networks to see if you know anyone who works for that company; research the company’s website as well as outside media coverage; look through Glassdoor and Indeed profiles and comments. You’ll  stand out from other applicants who didn’t do their homework.

Don’t apply for everything!  If you apply for several jobs within the same company, that can be a red flag for some recruiters. Choose the one or two jobs that most fit your professional strengths and skill sets, because that tells recruiters you’re focused.

Don’t re-invent the wheel. When you’re applying for a job, use the words listed in the actual job posting instead of trying to come up with something more creative. It’s *OK* to use exact phrases, because that’s what the recruiter is using to find you.

Follow the numbers. In your resume, always use numbers to demonstrate scales and scope. In other words, don’t just say that you were a retail store manager; indicate how many people you managed. Was your budget $1,000 or $1,000,000?

Thank you notes! They’re always a nice finishing touch to show you’re genuine and interested, and if nothing else, thoughtful!

To learn more about jobs at Progressive, check out www.progressive.com/jobs.

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