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Tips For Doing Well In A Job Interview

Sep 2, 2008
When landing that all important job that propels you into the next tax bracket, you'll have to smooth-talk your way into the employment category. Interviewers are going to be very strict in what they want to see and what they don't, so don't go to an interview without being aptly prepared.

Work experience is a mandatory part of the operation. In many cases, the employer will toss out a resume if it doesn't have many years of job experience- some demand over 10 years or more! Clearly, an internship or even minimal work experience in related fields can help, so don't neglect to put every form of work experience down in the application. If you don't get a call back after 3 or more tries, work experience is likely the culprit.

Half of the interview is going to be determined on the first impression that the interviewer gets of the one applying for the job. If the applicant isn't dressed formal, they are likely to get a negative review. Interviewers like those who dress appropriate for the job, since it displays good moral character and responsibility. Consider getting a wardrobe change if you don't have formal clothes.

It's usually customary to shake hands with the interviewer, although if they don't get up from the desk it is usually fine to go ahead and sit down. Notice that at the end of the interview that it is customary to shake hands, which is sometimes a test the interviewer uses to measure one's one worth. Even if they don't offer their hand, take the initiative in the matter.

When you get to the bulk of the questions, you'll notice most of the review questions you probably looked at are very similar to what the interviewer asks. One of the most common ice-breakers is "Tell me about yourself." Apart from that, interviewers like to know how the applicant thinks of his or her own weaknesses and strengths. Try to formulate a good answer beforehand so you don't stutter or pause.

If necessary, try to find a way to calm down before the interview. Some may enjoy a television program, massage, or even a leisurely drive around the general area. This will "calm the nerves" enough for applicants to give accurate answeres withing waning. This will also appear to be as confidence, which is a big trait interviewers like to see. Sometimes it helps to consider the job as optional, and not needed, as this will give natural confidence to the applicant.

In Conclusion

Landing the interview and the job is a tough concept, and even more difficult to apply in real life. Some of the best experience comes from actually going out there and getting interviews. If you were denied, ask the interviewer what you could have done better so you know for next time.
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