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How to ace your job interview

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The average person always has butterflies in their stomach before walking in for an interview. There’s added pressure on an interviewee since prospective employer places a lot of attention on one’s behavior during the whole interviewing process.

If you’re looking at job vacancies and want to ace your next interview, check out these handy hints

1. Be Prepared

Always and I mean ALWAYS do your research before you step into an interviewing room. Use all available resources to get information about the company, what they do and how they conduct business. Most time you can get a lot of info on the company’s website or print material. When you ask questions about the company during the interview you appear to be willing to learn and interviewers will get the feeling that you actually cared about the job to think about the questions to ask beforehand.

Being prepared also includes knowing the name of the person or people interviewing you and using them during conversation. In addition, it’s always a good idea to carry extra copies of your resume.

2. Dress The Part

The unwritten rule about dressing up for an interview is that you should always dress a notch higher that what’s expected as the dress code for the position you are interviewing for. Meaning if you can wear a regular pair of jeans and t-shirt on a normal work day, you should wear clean and well pressed pair of pants and shirt. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good. Clean clothes are all it takes. It’s also important to have a decent pair of shoes as well. A clean neat look can be diminished by an unkempt pair of shoes.

3. Arrive On Time

There’s no two way about this sensitive matter. You should always show up before the time you given for the interview. Getting stuck in traffic should never be an excuse for your lateness. If you are not sure what the traffic will be like, leave your home early. When all is said and done, it’s better to arrive early than late. When you have a few more hours and minutes to wait you can use that time to read up more on the company.

4. Be Clear and Concise

One big mistake that you can do during an interview is to go on and on when answering a question you have been asked. While you should do your best to give detailed answer, you should by no means ramble. Telling them about yourself does not constitute you telling them all sordid details about your childhood. Be concise, straightforward and to the point. Going on and on about what you have accomplished and what you will bring to the company is also a no no. The truth of the matter is that no one likes a person that brags too much.  On the flip side, saying too little may be detrimental. It shows you off as being lackluster, uninspiring, boring and ill-prepared.

5. Exercise Caution When Referring To Your Current Or Last Employer

You should never have a negative connotation towards your current or past employer. Even if you know things are or somewhat sour, your prospective employer should never be privy to such issues. If you have nothing nice to say it’s better to have said nothing at all.

6. Be Calm and Approachable

Interviews make most people nervous and that’s normal. After all there is a lot on the line. If you are too nervous, your interview will see it as well. You should therefore try your best to stay calm. Show confidence by sitting up straight and looking at your interviewers when answering their questions. At no point should you seem like you are fidgeting. Speak slowly and clearly and don’t talk over your interviewer.

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