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Job Interview Tips

Do you have what it takes to ace your next job interview? The very best way to do well in an interview is to be prepared for it in every way that you possibly can. A job interview is the only opportunity you are given to show a prospective employer what you have to offer in regards to your qualifications and unique personality traits. Give it your all by being on top of the situation.

Get prepared

  • If you are unclear as to where the company is located then ask for directions when they call you.
  • Take the time to learn all you can about the company in question.
  • Know yourself and be prepared ahead of time to answer questions about your education, your employment history, your past achievements and your future goals. Consider your skills and unique personality traits and think what you could bring to the company because all organizations want to know what you as the interviewee can do for them.
  • Elaborating on the last point, be ready to talk about your work experience and various work duties in plenty of detail. Make sure you bring a list of references or letters of reference as well as a portfolio or samples of your work if it is applicable.
  • Before the big day arrives, stage a mock interview with a friend so you can do a practice run to help ease your nerves.
  • Visualize yourself being successful at the interview. Imagine the interview in your mind from beginning to end and picture yourself remaining poised, confident, and completely in control of the situation.

At the interview

  • Always arrive early for the interview, not just on time and never late.
  • Dress professionally for the interview and be well groomed. First impressions count for a great deal and you only have one chance to make one. Regardless of what type of job you are being interviewed for, strive to look serious minded and business like. Wearing a suit and sensible, polished shoes is a must. Navy blue is an excellent color for an interview. Women should have a simple no fuss hairstyle, a modest amount of makeup up and jewelry that is simple and not too big. Men should always be neat and tidy and clean-shaven. With a pressed shirt and a tie on that errs on the conservative side.
  • Use the name of the interviewer and greet him or her with a firm, but not hard handshake. Smile as you greet the person.
  • Never fidget, chew gum, pick your fingernails or smoke during an interview.
  • Try to relax and answer every question you are asked concisely and in a friendly manner.
  • Always be polite and show good manners and always respond to everything the interviewer says in a prompt manner.
  • Always use the English language properly and never use slang during the interview.
  • Ask succinct questions that convey your interest in the position at hand.
  • Use your body language to show your interest in the job and always be cooperative as well as enthusiastic.

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