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Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Now you got the opportunity for a job interview, and you’ll land the job successfully if you prepare well for the interview. Before you go to the interview, you should make sure that all of your documents and paperwork are gathered, the company is thoroughly researched and a checklist is worked out which contains some possible questions with your answer as well as the questions you plan to ask your interviewer.

1. Get yourself prepared.

To start to prepare for the interview, you should write a checklist that includes all pertinent information you will need to know about the interview. For example, you should learn the direction to the interview, the location of the company and the personal information of the interviewer. Although you can find the directions to the company from the Internet, it is still a good idea to call the company to request for a map through email. You may also want to know the parking details and the traffic around the area so you won’t arrive at the interview later than the scheduled time.

2. Gather all your paperwork and documents.

Prior to the interview, gather all your pertinent paperwork and documents. The possible documents normally include your resume, your letters of recommendation, job credentials, certificates of qualifications, etc. You can also bring a reference list with some of your previous work samples. You should brainstorm the possible questions that might be asked during the interview and practice answering the questions. Several well-thought questions should be developed and you’ll need them to demonstrate your interest and seriousness about the position and impress your interviewer at the end of the interview. If you are not sure what kind of questions to ask, you may refer to useful websites such as College Grad, Virginia Tech’s Career Services and Job Dig. To make yourself stand out from your competitors, you need to do a thorough research on the company and write down some key facts that are helpful for you to impress the interviewer. Some good sources are newspapers, journals or online sources.  Organize all your documents and place them into your portfolio or briefcase.

3. Dress professionally.

Generally, you should wear professionally to attend your interview. In most cases, suit is a good choice. Also, you need to make sure that your shoes are clean and the accessories you select are tasteful. Another good way to pick up your attire is to visit the website of the company and look at the clothing of the employees so you can learn how to dress the part.

4. Rehearse your answers to questions.

Practice answering the common questions or some specific questions related with the industry. Again, you can refer to some websites like Job Interview Questions or Career Builder to get some idea about the frequently asked questions. Then you can do some research in more specific areas in the industry so that you will be able to formulate your own sample questions. The best way to rehearse your interview is to find a close friend or a family member to role play. You can also use cards to index the questions and the corresponding answers. When you rehearse, study the cards until the questions and the answers are second nature to you.

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