Acing the Job Interview

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Job Interview Tips

In the world today, having a successful job interview is more important than ever. Everyone knows that you must be prepared, but how can you set yourself apart from the rest of the job applicants? Here are some tips to help you stand out and shine.

Do your homework. You already know this, right? Have an updated resume, references and some practiced answers to typical questions.  You will also need to do research on the company to be able to show that you can bring something to the business that the employer needs.  Linked in is a great place to check on the interviewer, as well. Try to look them up and find out about their history.

Don’t forget the basics.  Arrive early, and dress for success. If the environment is casual, you might not need a suit, but dress a step above what is normal for the company. Be sure to make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Leave your cell phone in the car, or make sure it is OFF during the interview!

Sell yourself. You have done your research, so let the interviewer know what you can do for them. Match your skills to what the job requirements were. Explain how the skills or experience you have will fill their needs. Show them that you are the right person for the job.

You will usually get asked about long-term goals (think, “where do you want to be in five years?”).  Have a planned response to that, and show that you are on a career path that their company offers and that you will want to be a part of for a long time. Don’t let them think that their business in just a stepping stone for you and that you will only be there for a short time.

Always ask questions when the interviewer gives you the opportunity. Ask them what is a big issue they face and how could you help them overcome it, or achieve a goal. Another good question is to ask the hiring manager to describe their ideal candidate for the position. Asking if this is a newly created role or replacing someone is a good way to learn a little about the team you would be working on. Find out why the interviewer enjoys working there- ask them what is their favorite thing about being employed by this company. Don’t forget to ask them what the next steps are, so you know what to expect, and when to follow up.

You want to make the best impression at that all important job interview. Follow these tips for making the most out of the time you have with the hiring manager. Do your best, and you will be a success!

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  8. This will be really useful to remember if I am interviewed for a job. I always search for tips and guides of how the interview process works. Thank you for posting it.

  9. I am looking for a part time job and appreciate the tips on interviewing. It is hard for someone like me that is looking to get back into the workforce to think of interviewing.

  10. thank you. I am going to let my college aged daughter read this. She is having a hard time finding even a part time job,

  11. Very good ideas, I before retiring was DON at a nursing home, you would be surprised at the number of people who come in for a job interview and are in shorts, messy clothes, flip flops, I feel they are just coming to met the number needed to stay on welfare, ugh, I have even had them come in smelling like booze, they did not even get to my desk for the interview. I like your hints that they need to be prepared, leave their cell phone in the car or at least turn it off, nothing gets very far with your cell phone ringing, thank you I hope many read this

  12. Thanks for your sharing. I’m always stuck on the part where the interviewers ask if I have any question for them. After reading this, I do.

  13. I think this is great info. I like the questions you said to ask. That to me is important and I seem to struggle with the right things to ask 🙂

  14. It is also important to be enthusiastic about the products the company sells and ask a few upbeat questions like “I love the Cream of Mushroom soup! Tell me, is there a secret ingredient?”

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