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How To Ace Your Interview & Land Your Dream Job

Nov 9, 2007
Because you only have one chance to make a first impression, it's important to prepare for your upcoming job interview with careful planning. If you're looking to land your dream job, it will take more than an impressive resume to seal the deal. Although your background will be significant, it may not be the only quality that your potential employer is seeking.

Once you've submitted your application and have a confirmed interview date, begin rehearsing for the upcoming meeting. While it's impossible to predict exactly what questions will be asked, you can be ready with responses to some that are almost certain to pop up during the conversation. Most employers will ask why you want to work with their company, what qualities you possess that will make you a good employee and why you left your previous job. Always remember to be honest in your answers because, quite simply, the truth is the only thing that makes sense. With that being said, it's important that you not speak poorly about your previous employer regardless of your reason for leaving. If asked, you can always respond by saying there were creative differences, you desired a position that offered better advancement opportunities or you simply needed a new challenge.

When your interview day arrives, make sure that you allow plenty of time to get ready. This is one meeting that you do not want to be late for. Instead, you should actually arrive early in order to demonstrate promptness. As a potential employee, your actions will be noticed in terms of your arrival and attitude. Before the interview, make sure to get rid of any chewing gum as this may serve as an unpleasant distraction. Always smile, be courteous to those around you and extend your hand to the interviewer at the time you first meet them. A proper introduction will help your potential employer to remember you, which is always a good thing when you are applying for a job.

Once the interview begins, remember to make eye contact with the interviewer. Avoid the temptation to put your head down or look off into the distance if you become nervous. When you look someone in the eye, you exude confidence and a potential employer will appreciate your communication skills. An interview is not something that should be a formal affair, so don't be afraid to smile. It's okay to make a joke if the situation calls for it, and it's certainly acceptable to laugh if something is funny. If you can find a way to be relaxed during the interview, which may be difficult in some instances, your potential employer will see you as someone who holds up well under pressure. In almost any job, the ability to handle pressure is a requirement.

As the interview concludes, extend your hand once again and thank the interviewer for his/her time. If the meeting has gone well, don't hesitate to express your pleasure in having met the interviewer and been given consideration for the job. If you make a terrific first impression, you may find yourself in a position to accept your dream job. After all, that first impression is one of the most important.
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Leslie consults for Red 3 Enterprises, a small web retail firm with some cute & useful shops on the web.
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