How to Shine at an Interview

sassychique By sassychique, 24th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/33e6c_pj/
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The job interview is the most important step in the job search process. How you present yourself will ultimately decide the outcome of your effort.

How do I turn interviews into job offers?

Well, its that time again. Time to prepare yourself for the journey that lies ahead. It can be a little scary, but with the proper preparation you will do much better. Below are some general tips to get your focus on track.

Be prepared.
Do some background checking before showing up.
Bring along extra resumes, your portfolio, your references’ contact numbers and your social security or tax number in case you need to fill out an application form.

Dress professionally.
First impressions can make or break you, so always meet company representatives in your professional suit.

Don't act uncool.
Strive to appear calm and in control, even as you convey warmth and enthusiasm. Smile, maintain eye contact, sit up straight and answer slowly and clearly.

Don't talk money too soon.
It shows you’re primarily interested in the salary, not the work.

Don't be too honest.
Being totally honest during the interview is courting disaster.
Remember that you’re selling yourself: Couch your replies with care, being mindful to project a professional image at all times.

Be on time.
Before the day of the interview, make sure where the interview would be held. Take time to find out where the location of the interview is days before the actual interview. Keep in mind to leave enough time for your journey.

Eye Contact.
Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show you want the job with your interest.

Relate.
Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

Be Positive.
By being well-prepared, you eliminate nervousness. Just enjoy the interview and be enthusiastic when responding to the interviewer's questions. Confidence and a pleasant disposition brings out the positive energy in you.

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count.When you are invited to an interview it means that the hiring manager believes you may be a good match for the job opening, and he or she wants to know for sure. The interview is used to determine whether you are qualified for the position.

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