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Your palms sweat and your anxiety grows.
Does this sound familiar? You're not alone. Everyone
has gone through that process which culminates in either you being offered
the job or you find yourself continuing your job search elsewhere.
The staff at A and A Resume hope the following steps
help relieve your anxiety and get you that job offer!
Research. Research. Research.
We don't mean to sound redundant, but that's how important research is. If
you are interviewing for a company that sells widgets, find out everything
that you can about widgets before you go into the interview. The employer is
looking for someone who can solve his problems and if you know widgets and
you know his company, you are that much closer to getting hired.
Knowledge is power.
Do two or three mock interviews with a friend. If possible, use a camcorder
to film yourself. Play it back and look for nervous habits (fidgeting,
twirling your hair, etc.) or use it to pinpoint possible weak spots in your
Be 10 minutes early to the interview. This will give you an opportunity to
gather your thoughts and compose yourself.
YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL. Dress the part. Clothing will give an immediate
impression to the employer.
Come prepared. Bring at least three copies of your professionally prepared
resume with you. Don't forget your list of references. Carry them in a
briefcase if possible.
Expect the unexpected. The employer wants to find out how fast you think on
your feet. Don't be surprised if he asks you an irrelevant question such as:
"If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?"
Offer a firm handshake and don't sit down until you are invited to do so.
Don't slouch in the chair. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Lean
forward in your chair to convey interest when the interviewer is explaining
something to you.
Talk with a firm voice. This will convey confidence and knowledge to the
Ask questions. Towards the end of the interview the interviewer will
undoubtedly ask you if you have any questions. Many people say things like:
"No, I don't think so.." DON'T DO THIS! When you do your research about the
company come up with five questions to ask the employer. Ask him questions
such as, "What growth do you expect in your company over the next five
years? Why should I work here? What do you expect in a good employee? When
he answers this question, make sure to explain to him how you fit those
After the interview, mail him a note of thanks. Thank him for his time and
the opportunity to apply to his company. If you've left out any pertinent
information during the interview now is the time to include it in the note
Everyone has a certain amount of nervousness when they
interview. Realize this and prepare
for it. The person who is most prepared for the interview is most likely the
person who will be hired.
By Hope Aure
Author of Acing the Job Interview and many other job
and resume related articles
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