1. Research the industry and company before the interview. How the company differentiates from its competitors.
  2. Know the reason why you are the right fit for the position, including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess.
  3. Anticipate the interviewer’s concerns. There are always many candidates for the positions than job openings. Think of the things they don’t want to hear and don’t express that way. Prepare for the interviewer’s questions and have some questions on your own.
  4. Practice a lot for Q&A in your mind and rehearse many times preferably with a friend or if not in front of a mirror. Bring a resume. You could use it as a reference if you need to fill out an application. Answer the questions in a legible and neat manner. DO NOT MAKE BLOTCHES OR MARKS. If there is the need to decide between two candidates and one of them has neat writing and the other one doesn’t, who do you think will get the job? Never refuse to fill the application of give false information. Once finished avoiding using your phone in the waiting area is the best practice.
  5. There is only a first opportunity for a first impression. Dress accordingly for the position you are applying, be poised, assertive and firm shake hand. Remember to speak the right body language. Be energetic and enthusiast enough that you will stand out but not overwhelmed. Start with a positive comment about the company. The first 5 minutes of the interview are critical.
  6. Always answer the questions with complete sentences without changing the subject. Ask about the company, the job description and its responsibilities. Do not ask questions about the salary, nor fringe benefits such as vacation pay and holidays until the job is officially offered to you during the first interview. Should the interviewer asks you never give a monetary answer, instead ask what the pay rate is.
  7. Close with a positive note. Tell the interviewer that you really like the job and you are excited about the position; thus, you would like to work for the company.
  8. Send a thank you note by paper or email. Remember to personalize each note referring to what you and the interviewer discussed.
  9. Don’t give up. If you think you had a bad interview write or call the interviewer letting them know what you would be a good match for the job. Even if you don’t get the job continue the search because you will be the right fit for a particular position.


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