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10 Steps Guaranteed to Nail That Interview"

  1. Do Your Research
    Be prepared because your competition has read about the job and the organization, too. Demonstrate your knowledge in the interview.
  2. What Makes You Rock?
    Figure out one trait that distinguishes you from others and spend a lot of interview time talking about it.
  3. Looks Can Kill
    Dress for success.
  4. Jump on the First Question
    Make the most of the first question no matter how safe and harmless it sounds- "Tell me a little bit about yourself?"
  5. Think Before You Talk
    Silence is not the enemy. Don't rush answers to questions that you don't understand.
  6. Be Your Own John Grisham
    Spice up your boring interview by telling stories about your experiences.
  7. Don't Just Sit There. Do Something.
    Follow 4 behaviors that will keep the interview alive:
    1. Smile
    2. Elevate your eyebrows
    3. Assume an attentive posture
    4. Use hand gestures in moderation
  8. Translate Inappropriate Questions
    Sometimes, employers ask questions that they shouldn't ask. However, don't sit there stunned. Translate it differently than the way asked.
  9. Don't Be Afraid to Talk Bank
    Don't initiate the salary discussion, but when the employer does, talk about it.
  10. Finish Strong
    Let your enthusiasm shine through.

**The previous information is derived from:
"Simplicity: Guide to Top Employers" 2001-2002 Fall/Spring edition, Neil Murray, page 14-17.**

The Interview's Done, But the Work Isn't Over

When you leave after nailing that interview, questions slowly began to pop up in your head that you didn't think of during the interview. You begin to wonder if you will get the job or even what you should do if another job comes available and you haven't heard from that interviewer yet. First, relax and enjoy your success. If you are confident that you have presented your qualifications in the clearest and most concise manner, then your interview was a success and now you have no control over the outcome. The decision is now in the interviewer's hands. A good interview is a piece of work, and the experience can still be checked off as a success whether you receive an offer or not.

But what about those questions that come up after the interview? Here are a few simple thoughts to keep in mind.

  1. The thank-you response. It is important to send a brief, cordial note to the person who is considering your application. Stress your appreciation for the opportunity and restate your interest in the position.
  2. Before restating your interest, make sure you've compared your employment goal with the new position.
  3. End your interview with the following question: "If for some reason we don't reach each other by the time frame indicated, would you mind if I called you to check in?"
  4. Use this post-interview time to critique yourself and your interviewing skills.
  5. Know your acceptable salary range and what the bottom line is.
  6. Never accept an offer thinking that you can renege if a better one comes along. Just do what you feel is best.

** The previous information is derived from: "'Simplicity: Guide to Top Employers" 2001-2002
Fall/Spring edition, Richard Equinoa, page 22-23.**

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