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10 Ways to Win a Job Interview

Sep 13, 2008
In addition to correctly answering every question an interviewer asks, there are other ways in which you can make a conscious effort to impress an interviewer, and make sure that he or she remembers you, even after you've left the interview.

1. Be Prepared:

What questions you are likely to be asked is not the only thing you need to know when preparing for a job interview. Arriving at the appointment on time, or better yet, arriving early is something you will need to be mindful of. Map out the route to the company...maybe even driving there...to see how long it takes to get there. Just in case the original resume you sent has gotten lost or misplaced, you should take a copy with you. Also, you may want to take along something to read in case you have to wait a little while before the interview.

2. Dress Appropriately:

A girl wearing jeans or a guy in a T-shirt isn't the appropriate dress for a job interview. Since hirers usually take notice of these things, you're less likely to get the job than someone dressed in conservative business attire. You can never be too overdressed for a job interview unless you're wearing a tux or evening gown.

3. Be Confident:

Approval from an interviewer is getting that phone call to come in and be interviewed for the company. You may have thought you weren't qualified enough for a position, but the interviewer saw something different. It's important that you believe you are capable of performing the job, if the company who calls you believes the same thing. Want an interviewer to remember you? Project an air of confidence without sounding conceited or cocky. Talk about your skills and experience with pride and...above all...let the interviewer know that you think you could do a good job.

4. Make Eye Contact:

Maintaining direct eye contact and being attentive throughout the interview are ways to project confidence. To assure the interviewer that you are both on the same page, always look this person directly in the eye. What if there's more than one person? When answering questions in front of two or more people, move from person to person, but make sure to establish eye contact with each person long enough so that you don't seem shifty.

5. Show Your Enthusiasm:

A candidate who lacks confidence is bad enough, but one who lacks enthusiasm is even worse. This lack of behavior will probably only frustrate the interviewer. Show how willing and excited you are about taking on a new challenges and tasks the company may ask of you. Even if you're not familiar with the job, show how eager you are to learn. When showing enthusiasm, like showing confidence, there is a line you have to walk to be sure you seem originally excited but not obsequious or insincere.

6. Know The Position:

You should know something about the job position you are applying to and an idea of the type of person the company is looking for. To learn more about the tasks involved, talk to friends or people you know in that type of job or industry. Think of a few tasks you think you will be asked to perform and prepare answers to these questions.

7. Know The Industry:

Do research and find out as much as you can about the industry, and let the interviewer know that you are willing and ready to deal with the day-to-day tasks of the job at hand and you have a strong knowledge of the industry as a whole.

8. Know The Company:

As important as knowing the job and knowing the industry is, knowing the company is probably most important. The interviewer will most likely ask you questions about the company, so you will be a more impressive candidate if you not only have the skills to do the job well, but also have strong knowledge of the company.

9. Practice:

Practicing your answers to questions that are likely to be asked, is the key to projecting a calm and confident exterior during the interview. Practicing for an interview can be done in front of a mirror or role-play with a friend.

10. Follow Up:

Once the interview is over don't stop there. Be sure to follow up with a quick note or a short friendly phone call to the person with whom you spoke. A follow-up will help keep your name fresh in the interviewers mind.
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