Acing the Job Interview

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The resume worked and now they want you to come in for an interview.

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.

Research. Research. Research. We do not 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 presentation. Be 10 minutes early to the interview. This will give you an opportunity to gather your thoughts and compose yourself.


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. Do not forget your list of references. Carry them in a briefcase if possible. Expect the unexpected. The employee wants to find out how fast you think on your feet. Do not 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 do not sit down until you are invited to do so. Do not 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 employer. Ask questions. Towards the end of the interview the interviewer will unduly ask you if you have any questions. Many people say things like: "No, I do not think so .."


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? fit those requirements exactly! After the interview, mail him a note of thanks. Thank him for his time and the opportunity to apply to his company. the note of thanks.

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 James Aure