Job interviewing never seems to get any easier. You are meeting new people, advertising yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview successfully. Proper preparation which helps lessen some of the stress involved in job interviews.
Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.
Prepare a response so you are ready for the question “What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. Your answer to the initial opening statements in the job interview are important, these are called “ice breakers”. Some times the interviewer will ask whether you had difficulty finding the company premises. Your answer should be brief and polite. The interviewer is merely being polite – if you had problems in finding the premises he/she doesn’t need to know that. You can get more information about this topic at
Take a look at my Job Interview Tips Videos, so you’ll be sure to overwhelm a potential employer and leave the right impression. Make sure your interview getup is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be on time for the interview. On time means ten to fifteen minutes early. During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question! Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
Always conduct yourself professionally and if something beyond your control occurs, show a sense of humor. Be enthusiastic and show it in your replies and body language. Answer the interview question by more than a simple yes or no but try not to go over the 60 second limit. Avoid at all cost complaining about your current or former employer in your job interview. Do not answer questions about politics or religion if the job is completely unrelated. Do not raise salary discussions on your first interview – this is usually done on the second interview. Make sure you do your wage research before hand.
Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.
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