Job Interview: Helpful Tips
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Job Interview: Helpful Tips

Always try to make a good impression when presenting yourself for an interview. One mistake and you don't get a second chance.

Preparing for a job interview can sometimes be stressful especially if you are not ready for it. The thought that you will be interrogated and questioned by the hiring officer regarding your skills and whether you will be hired or not is very nerve-racking. But if you are well-prepared and confident in selling yourself, skills and talents, the better your chances of getting hired.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you in preparing for a job interview:

• Do a little research about the company that you are applying. Know their products and markets. So, everytime you answer the question, try to relate it with the company’s operation. This will make them conclude that you are indeed very interested in working with them.

• Prior to the interview, get also the name of the person who will interview you. In this way, you will be able to address that person with his correct name.

• Be on time. First impression lasts and you never get a second chance for it. Make sure that you know where the interview will be held and estimate the time of going there so you won’t be late.

More often, employers don’t entertain late applicants who don’t come on time of the scheduled interview.

• Sleep well the day before the interview and be well-groomed in presenting yourself. You will sell yourself and you need to appear in an impressive package.

• During the interview, just relax and be yourself. Don’t boast your skills and talents and don’t make up stories which you think might impress them. Be honest in presenting yourself. The interviewers are intelligent people who can tell if you’re credible or not.

• Turn off your cellular phone during the interview.

• If asked about your failures and weaknesses, answer with all honesty and tell how you were able to handle them.

• Don’t beg and don’t show any signs of desperation by telling them that you will accept any job.

• After the interview, feel free to ask what the next step is or when will you hear from them again.

• Before leaving, don’t forget to thank the interviewer for the time spent. Take note of what you’ve learned during the interview that might be helpful on your next level interview.

• Try to follow-up status of your interview and schedule of the next interview. Don’t wait for them to contact you.

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