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7 Steps To Nail That Job Interview

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Going through the basics feels overdone to the extent of being hackneyed, but you may find yourself forgetting a few. An interview is your place to shine and often times, your only chance, so you might as well nail every bit of advice. 

Here are 7 simple tips you won’t want to forget.

1. Look people in the eye when you talk to them and use a firm handshake.

2. Exude confidence– Strike a balance between being proud of yourself and your accomplishments, and being humble. Humility is an attractive quality that reflects confidence, but don’t let it overshadow your talents and experience. Too much of anything—pride or humility—is not a good thing.

3. Dress for success. No, that doesn’t (necessarily) mean you have to dust off the tux and prepare for the prom. It means to dress appropriately for your industry. If you’re in a fairly conservative field, such as law or accounting, well, you might need to break out the blazer and tie. If you’re in a more creative field, such as music or advertising, then more casual clothes are fine. Dress the part.

4. Always have a Tic-Tac handy. Bad breath is never a good way to start a conversation. Basic rule to remember: if someone offers you a piece of gum, take it—they might be offering it for a reason.

5. Be polite. Remember the standard etiquette we all learned in grammar school.

6. Make your first impression your best impression and be prepared to present yourself.  “So who are you? That question shouldn’t be too difficult to answer. Be real. Be comfortable. And just be yourself. There’s a big difference between being who you actually are, and who you want to be. Play acting the character that doesn’t come naturally to you is not only exhausting, it’s obvious, and people will turn off to you as soon as they realize you’re not being genuine.

7. Send a thank you note. Never forget to thank your interviewer for taking the time to speak to you about the position. You can also mention a couple of points you may not have been able to address during the interview to explain a bit further why you would be suitable for the position. Don’t overwrite the e-mail or thank you card- short and sweet is key.


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