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7 Tips to Prepare for Your Job Interview

May 24, 2011 Posted by

7 Tips to Prepare for Your Job Interview

You’ve sent in the cover letter with your resume and you received a call asking you to come for an interview. The employer sounds impressed with what you sent them on paper and now they want to meet you in person.

Job interviews are your second step to the first impression a company has of you. In the beginning they think they know you on paper but you have to make them comfortable with you as a potential employee.

Whether you are a new graduate or an older worker if you can put your best foot forward in an interview you can grab the job you want. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1.Brush up on your speaking skills — if you are a person who doesn’t speak well in front of people, it may be a good idea to practice speaking in front of a group. Many job interviews today are group interviews instead of personal ones. In fact, many interviews today have a group discussion as part of the interview process. The more confident you are speaking to a group, the more your personality will get across.

2.Check your appearance — no matter what job you are going towards make sure that you have appropriate dress for the interview. Look business, look professional.

3.Piercings, Tattoos and other personal statements — in most interviews, it is inappropriate to show piercings and tattoos. Of course this depends on the job interview, but you want to put your best foot forward. Take out piercings and hide tattoos if you can for now.

4.Keep extra copies of resumes — even though the employer has your resume, you will want to take several copies with you. There may be other people in the room who also need to see your qualifications. Don’t rely on the employer to do this for you.

5.Promote you — when you are in the interview keep your comments specific to the job for which you are applying. Show them how you did similar things in your last job (accomplishments) and create a positive image of who you are in work.

6.Do the job interview with confidence — employers like to see confident job seekers. Watch your body language and make sure you are always showing openness to the process. Give a firm handshake in the beginning.

7.Make sure you are comfortable — wear comfortable shows, dress comfortably but business like and make sure that you are comfortably seated when you get to the interview. This will add to your self-confidence.

A job interview is really a kind of game that we play that allows an employer to look us over before they choose to buy. If you are appalled at that idea think about it more. It is a system where employers ask questions and you are there with the ready answers. How well you answer the questions is how you will obtain the job. If you see it as a game you may relax a little and prepare easier.

So, take heed of these tips and prepare well for your interview. Good luck!

Sharon Alexander – Claim That Job

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