Drive by the company’s office or location a couple of days
ahead of time. What’s key here is that you do it at about the
same time of day as your actual interview. This way you will
know the route and be able to anticipate the traffic delays and
figure out parking.
What qualifications, skills, experience, knowledge,
background, and personality traits do you possess that make
you perfect for this particular job? Write them down, visualize
them, and then look for opportunities to work them into your
Review and refine your answers until they are “just right.”
Read them over and over until you are comfortable with them.
Note, the goal isn’t to memorize them; you do not need to recite
this word for word. Try saying them out loud. To really help,
have a friend role play with you for the interview.
Words only become meaningful when an applicant’s body
language and voice in alignment. First impressions are very
important. When in doubt, stick the basics: stand straight,
smile, and offer a firm handshake.
A hypothetical response is fine, but employers like to see that
you have real life experience if possible. Cite specific
situations whenever possible, how you handled them, and the
outcome. Follow this up by what you learned, and what you
might do similar or different in a related situation.
30 minutes on Google can make a real difference here. By
checking out the company you are interviewing online, you
can find out a wealth of information. Have they been in the
news recently? Won any awards. Imagine offering ‘congrats’ to
your potential employer for their recent press coverage. This
shows ambition, and a genuine interest in the job.
You may surprise your potential employer by taking out a
small notepad to jot down some thoughts during the interview.
In addition to this providing insights for further reflection, it
shows your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in
Making eye contact demonstrates confidence, trust, and power.
Confidence is king during an interview, and by engaging the
interviewer in this way, you are showing him or her that you
are ready for the job.
It’s your dream job and you’re nailing the interview. Why not
go in for the kill? By asking for the job at the time of the
interview, you are once again demonstrating confidence,
interest, and initiative - all qualities that your employer is
Many job seekers are relieved when a job interview is over, and
believe that the hard work is done. They simply wait to receive
a job offer. Persistent, deliberate follow up will often be
required if you really want the job.
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