The best thing you can do in a job interview

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Dress as if you already have the job

When you are going for an interview, it’s important that you dress to impress but not so much as to distract the interviewers. If you look good and are comfortable, you’ll be able to relax, be yourself and focus on selling your abilities. Dress for the career you want, not necessarily the entry-level job you’re applying for.

Make it about a career, not a job

A job is a means to an end, to pay bills. It’s short-term success whereas a career is long-term, something you want to build during a lifetime. It excites you so you make it fit your lifestyle and use your best skills and talents.

Research every detail about the job

Make sure you research every detail that you can about the company and especially about the position. That way, you can prepare to discuss how your particular background and experience make you the excellent choice. Candidates come in blind for interviews, expecting to learn everything they need to know about the job from the hiring manager. This does not inspire confidence in your abilities or initiative. Most importantly, research about the company, where they are, their vision and how you can add value to the company.

Practise and prepare

Your answers should emphasise skills that are important to the employer andrelevant to the position. Be sure to review the job listing, make a list of the requirements, and match them to your experience. Strong answers are specific but concise, by drawing on concrete examples that highlight your skills and back up your claims.

Tip: Practise in front of the mirror by asking yourself relevant questions thenanswering yourself, so that you can see yourself and your facial expressions.

Develop a connection with the interviewer

In addition to indicating what you know about the company, you should also try to develop a connection to your interviewer. Know the interviewers name, and use it during the job interview. (If you are not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview). In addition, listen very carefully during introductions. If you are prone to forgetting names, jot it down somewhere discreet in small letters at the bottom of your notepad.

Tip: Do not be late. Many candidates still come to interviews late and don’t notify the interviewer. It’s important that as a candidate, you call, send an email or text makingthe interview or hiring manager aware that you’re running late.

Dressing appropriately, making eye contact, giving a firm handshake, having goodposture, speaking clearly and doing your research about the company and the roleyou’re being interviewed for are some the basic interview etiquettes.

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