How to give a great job interview

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The job market is tough right now, but it’s getting better. Even still, the competition is fierce. When you finally make it to the job interview, you want to be the one candidate they select. In order to do this, you’ll have to be memorable, professional, and interview well. Below are a few tips on how to properly prepare for a job interview, so that you come off as a polished professional that employers are clamoring to hire..

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How to give a great job interview

  1. 1. When you finally make it to the job interview, youwant to be the one candidate they select. In order to do this, you’ll have to bememorable, professional, and interview well.Here are a few tips on how to properly prepare for ajob interview, so that you come off as a polishedprofessional that employers are clamoring to hire.
  2. 2. Prepare yourself a list of typical and atypical questionsthat you think might be asked during the interview.Practice your answers so that you avoid getting caughtin the cold when the actual interview arrives.Here are some to get you started:
  3. 3. •What qualifies you for this job?•Describe a time you had a major problem and how you resolvedit.•How do you handle stress?•How many quarters would it take to make a stack as tall as theEmpire State Building? (If you’re asked this question, theinterviewer doesn’t care about the correct answer. He or she istesting your reasoning skills under pressure.)
  4. 4. Your timing will help the interview flow smoothly.Ultimately, you don’t want to leave a lot of “dead air” whileyou contemplate answers, but you also don’t want to makesnap responses if the questions are asking for a calculatedresponse.Strike a balance somewhere in between.
  5. 5. When you give your answers, make sure that you’re notsaying the following a lot (or at all, depending):•“Um…” - This makes it look as if you don’t know what tosay next. Use a thoughtful space of silence instead.•“So…” - Don’t end sentences with this word. It makes youlook condescending, and that you don’t know when to stoptalking.•“Like” - “So I was like…” and “That was like…” —This wordneeds to be removed from your vocabulary.•“Yeah” - Use “yes.”
  6. 6. Avoid slang as if it were the plague.During your mock interview, record yourself if atall possible, or have your interviewer note howmany times you use the forbidden words andslang.Then keep practicing till you’ve eliminated thosespeech patterns.
  7. 7. Fidgeting is distracting and looks unprofessional. During your practice interview, decide what to dowith your hands, and have your interviewer note ifany of your mannerisms are distracting.Try to keep your hands in your lap. Or, betteryet, bring extra copies of your resume with you tothe interview so you have something to hold infront of you.
  8. 8. Clothing during an interview is important.Wear something business formal, even if they’re acasual office. You want to dress to impress, and itis always better to overdress than to under-dress.Make sure your hair is neat, use deodorant, andskip perfume or cologne. You want to beremembered, not your scent.
  9. 9. Preparing for a job interviewrequires practice.Select a friend or trusted person to run you through amock interview so that you’re ready for anything once yougo into the real one.Above all, practice helps you relax, and a relaxeddemeanor as opposed to a nervous one helps you comeacross as the ideal, confident candidate.
  10. 10. Read about more interview tips, along with advice onresumes and coverletters visit JobGoRound.comYou also find resume writing service reviews and ratings tohelp you improve your resume to land more interviews.

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