Preparation is essential for presenting yourself in the best possible manner during an interview.

Itís important to make a great impression during an interview.  Here are 10 basic tips to convince a prospective employer that youíre the one for the job.

 

1.

Thoroughly research the job and company.  Gather as much information as you can about the company.  Know the history, products, mission, and goal of the company at the corporate level and get any information you can about it on a local level.  Corporate information is easily obtained.  Most companies now have internet sites that provide all the information you need.  If you do not know their internet address, we would suggest using Yahoo or any of the other numerous search engines.

2.

Bring an extra copy of your resume Ė  just in case.

3.

Make eye contact.  It shows that you are focused and confident.

4.

Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm about the company.

5.

Dress professionally.  Regardless of the type of position that you are applying for, look your best.  Sometimes candidates will have to come directly from work and are unable to change clothes.  If this is the case, let the interviewer know beforehand.  You do not want the interviewer to perceive your appearance as a negative.  Make all efforts to change clothes.  Men should wear a well-pressed suit, white shirt, conservative tie, well-polished shoes, and have a neat appearance.  Women should dress in a well-tailored, conservative manner.  Although many companies now maintain a casual dress policy, it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

6.

Try to respond to questions within 60 seconds.  You donít want to be monosyllabic but lengthy responses will make the employer lose interest and you might lose your own focus.

7.

Listen and respond to answers directly.  If you are unclear about a question, ask for clarification.

8.

Be prepared to discuss how what youíve done in the past will affect how youíll perform in the future position.  Give examples that show value.

9.

Ask questions.  Sharp questions show that you are proactive and want to make sure that this company is the right place for you.  Remember that interviewing is a two-way street.  You need to determine if this is a good fit for you, as well as being a good fit for the company.  Some sample questions:

- Why is this position available?
- What are the job requirements?
- Advancement potential?
- What are the company's future plans?
- What is the next step in the interviewing process?

10.

Send a thank you note within two days of the interview.  Express you interest in the position and thank the interviewer for his or her time.  Even if youíre not interested in the job, you never know who might be a good contact for you down line.

 

If you follow these steps you are sure to be prepared and already far ahead of many other candidates applying for the same position.  You should now be ready for The Interview.

 

 

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