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How to Guarantee Success in Interviews

Aug 28, 2008
Wouldn't it be great if you could find some interview tips that would practically solidify your next job offer? This article is designed to provide you with information that will guarantee success in interviews, including answering interview questions. Specifics may vary from person to person; however, the following information includes helpful tips from which everyone can benefit.

It's a competitive world out there in the job market. Maybe you're not thinking about changing jobs right now, but eventually you may be searching for a new position with another company. Preparing for an interview (especially those with tough interview questions) can be enough to make anyone a little queasy.

Interviews are a necessary evil. Employers conduct them so that they can meet job candidates, get to know them and then choose the ones who they think will be good employees. The job candidates are tasked with trying to prepare for an interview that they have little information about. Going into a job interview can be like walking into a dark room and not knowing where the light switch is located. It's very rare that you know who you're going to get to talk to, how many people will interview or which questions they'll end up asking.

The best thing you can do is to make the most of every situation you face when you're interviewing. Here are four proven interview tips and strategies that will help you out:

Always do your research. Find out as much as you possibly can about your potential employer before you go into the interview. Go online and look at their website. Read about their company - the history, the employees, their products and services. You may even be able to find a lot of information about their customer base, what their markets are all about and what their business plans are. Often times, an interviewer may be impressed by the fact that you did your homework. If you can show that you took the time and the initiative to research the company you want to work for, chances are, you'll prove that you'll a hard worker who deserves to be hired.

Prepare for interview questions. Most likely, the main part of your interview will be spent answering questions from the person or people who may be hiring you. Everyone knows that there are standard interview questions that everyone asks: What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How do you deal with difficult people? What would you do if? Plan your answers. You know these questions are probably going to come at you, so you better have a good answer when they do.

Also, it's a great idea to make the conversation two-way by being prepared to ask some questions yourself. Doing so demonstrates your interest in learning more about the prospective position and how you can best fill it. Try to keep the questions positive and proactive, for example, ask something like: what role do you see my experience and talents playing in the future growth of the company?

Remember to just be yourself. Keep in mind that besides your experience, skills, knowledge and background, you're also being judged on your personality...how well you'll be able to get along with future co-workers, how easy you'll be to work with, and other traits. Resist the temptation to try and change your personality when interviewing because chances are you will appear rehearsed, or worse, phony. Just be you.

And lastly, make sure you have everything you need: copies of your resume, references, your portfolio and an application (if they've asked you to fill one out). Better yet, make sure your paperwork is organized in a professional manner and presented in the same way. That will surely impress any potential employer!
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Sharon Mann is President of the I Hate Filing Club, a group of nearly 100,000 office professionals who hate filing but love finding new ways to become more organized. Learn more about how to guarantee success in interviews - visit our website.
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