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Stand out from the crowd ... within reason of course!
 

You've got the interview!

Now make the kind of impression that will get you the job


The more effort you put into your preparation, the better you'll do in the interview. Here are some tips:

1. Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity: Know your stuff! That means understanding the employer, the requirements of the job, and even the background of the person interviewing you. This will help you answer questions with more confidence. Start by looking at the employers website, and then use Google to find additional info.

2. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Responses: Then practise, practise, practise. Have someone 'play' the interviewer or practise in front of a mirror. Your goal is to get your answers as clear and concise as possible.

3. Dress for Success: Remember it’s always better to be overdressed than under — and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and ironed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. Brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

4. Arrive on Time: There is no excuse for arriving late — other than some sort of disaster. Arrive about 15 minutes before your interview to get settled. Shut off your cell phone. If you were chewing gum, get rid of it.

5. Make a Good First Impression — on Everyone: Be polite to everyone — from the receptionist to the interviewer. Make a strong first impression by dressing well (see #3), arriving early (see #4), and when greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, and offer a firm (neither limp and nor bone-crushing) handshake.

6. Be Confident, Candid, and Concise: Speak clearly and confidently. Keep your responses short and to the point. By practising answers to common interview questions (see #2), you’ll avoid long, rambling responses. Never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker.

7. Remember Body Language: Body language that works: smiling, solid posture, active listening, and nodding. Body language no-no's: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.

8. Ask Insightful Questions: Studies show that employers are impressed when the interviewee asks questions, because it shows interest in the job or the company. Prepare questions to ask days before the interview. Here are a couple of sample questions: Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position? What is the most important aspect of this job? You can also ask about the next steps in the process and when the employer is likely to make a decision about the position.

9. Thank Interviewer(s) in Person, by Email, and Postal Mail: It’s important to say “thank you” when the interview is over.  Follow up with a thank-you email.

 

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