Interview Technique

 

Take the time to prepare your interview technique including knowing what's on your resume; being able to present why you are qualified for the job; why you are interested in the company; and practicing staying calm and focused. It's important to remember that the image the interviewer has of you when she first meets you is the one that is going to last.

Knowing the facts such as your  dates of employment or what you did on a day to day basis at your job is important. Reviewing your work history makes sure what you say matches what's on your resume. Take the time to learn about the company and about the job you're applying for.

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A job interview gives you a chance to make an impression. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of the running. It doesn't take much to make that impression - good or bad. It could be all over, if you don't take the time to dress appropriately or say the "wrong" thing. 

Your actions, gestures, and attire can be used against you in a job interview. If you come to an interview chewing gum or drinking coffee, you will already have one strike against you. Too much perfume or not enough deodorant won't help either. Not being dressed appropriately or having scuffed shoes will give you a second strike. Talking or texting on your cell phone or listening to an iPod while waiting to be called for the interview may be your final strike and you could be done with your candidacy before you even say a word.

Of course, verbal communications are equally important. Don't use slang. Speak clearly and definitely. If you need to think about a response to an interview question, that's fine. It's better to think before you talk than to stumble over your words. Practice answering some interview questions so you're comfortable responding the basics.

It can be easy to get distracted during a job interview. It's very stressful. Do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame appropriate responses.