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Interview Tips

Job interviewing is a critical part of an individual’s job search. This is the time to sell your skills and experiences. It is critically important to practice prior to your interviews. Job seekers only get one chance during an interview. A job hunting Best Practice is to practice interviewing with a friend or career coach. This will help you prepare properly and get you focused on winning the interview for that perfect job.
1. Research the company before the interview.
You should be familiar with the company you are applying to. Review company profile, annual reports, mission, vision, and other relevant information that the interviewer might ask.
2. Practice with some common questions and answers.
Prepare and rehearse responses to frequently asked questions during interviews. Practice in front a mirror or with an audience such as your friends, family members or ideally an expert. They can provide feedback of what to do and not to do during interviews.
3. Respect the time of your interviewer.
Time is gold in every business or institution because everyone is busy with their respective duties. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. This way you will have time to relax and not look stressed before the interview as well as not waste the interviewer’s time.
4. Display confidence in your behavior and the way you communicate.
The interviewer can easily perceive if you are confident through your posture, dress, walk, energy, and eye contact. Greet the employer with a firm handshake. Let the interviewer start the dialogue and listen carefully. Always welcome questions with a smile. Before answering the question, think and develop answers in your head. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused. Most importantly, give honest and direct answers.
5. Demonstrate positive statements and attitude.
Smile, be polite, and try to relax during the interview. The attitudes that you express must express that you are willing to work. You must also exhibit willingness to expand your knowledge. You must remember that employers like to hear your plan for future development and commitment to learning.
6. If you have worked before, talk about what you have learned from it.
Review your previous work experience. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the company�s needs.
7. Encourage the interviewer to share details about the company information.
Demonstrate your interest by encouraging the interviewer to share information about the company. This way the interviewer will appreciate your interest to the company and your willingness to be a part of their team.
8. Bring extra information such as a Personal Data Sheet or Work Portfolio.
An attractive personal data sheet or work portfolio provides additional information that your prospective employer might want to hold on to for future references.
9. End the interview positively.
The end of the interview is the time to let the prospective employer know if you are interested in the job or not. A positive end to the interview is a way of ensuring your success. At this time restate your strengths and accomplishments that you have emphasized during the interview. Express also your appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
10. Review and evaluate your interviews strengths and weaknesses following your interview.
Evaluating your strengths and weaknesses immediately after the interview. If you do not get the job consider asking the interviewer what you did well and in what areas you will need improvement.