A job interview can be just as nerve-wracking as a day in court. After all, this is your time to shine. However, there are pitfalls to avoid and advice to consider when you’re sitting in front of the hiring manager.
- Practice makes perfect
Like any other important skill, interviewing correctly takes practice to get it right. Have your friends stand in as hiring managers and critique you, practice in front of a mirror to make sure you’re not looking away or fidgeting nervously.
- Be Punctual
Nothing hurts your chances of getting hired before the interview even starts like being late. It’s a safe bet to arrive at least fifteen minutes early, thirty if you want time to prep right before. It’s also a good idea to practice driving to the location you’ll be interviewing at to know what kind of traffic or hurdles you’ll be in for on the big day.
Do you know the story on the company you’re interviewing with? If not, it pays to research and find out. You can ascertain the types of questions you’ll be asked, as well as the interviewer’s name, to create a friendly connection. Make sure to try and work in what you know of the company to your answers as well.
- Stay calm
Being nervous, fidgety or anxious makes you look bad in front of the interviewer, especially if its for a job that entails a great deal of responsibility. Remember to maintain eye contact, speak in a measured manner and think about the questions you’re asked instead of just shooting from the hip.
- Look the part
You’re calm and collected and you know the company inside and out. Now make sure you actually look like you want to work there! It’s a good idea to visit the company beforehand to see what types of attire the employees wear.
Now these tips aren’t sure-fire ways to succeed, but they’ll help you along the path of getting a good career with a company you want to work for.
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