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The big interview: 10 tips for landing the job

Posted 9/22/21

Resources: Monster.com

Okay, you’ve sent your resume and cover letter and you got the call: Come in for an interview.

Congrats! Step one is complete. Now to prepare.

1. Practice good …

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The big interview: 10 tips for landing the job

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Resources: Monster.com

Okay, you’ve sent your resume and cover letter and you got the call: Come in for an interview.

Congrats! Step one is complete. Now to prepare.

1. Practice good nonverbal communication.

Making a positive first impression is imperative to getting the job. (Hint: Stand up straight, make eye contact, and demonstrate confidence.)

2. Dress for the job or company.

As you want to demonstrated that you can fit in an established work environment, dress appropriately. (Hint: Take a look at the company website or social media to assess company culture. Bonus hint: even if it seems casual, dress up a bit.)

3. Listen.

Pay attention to your interviewer. (Hint: Repeat back what you are hearing, and ask clarifying questions if you don’t understand.)

 
 

4. Don’t talk too much.

Be fluent with the job posting and relate information on how you fit in. (Hint: Don’t ramble about experiences that don’t apply. Extra hint: You’re talking business, not making a new friend.)

5. Use appropriate language.

Be thoughtful in your use of language. (Hint: Be aware of inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics, or other hot-button topics.)

6. Don’t be cocky.

Balance confidence, professionalism and modesty. (Hint: No one likes a show-off. Practice humility.)

7. Take care to answer the questions.

When asked for an example, an interviewer is asking a behavioral interview question. (Hint: Take your time to find an example that illustrates your ability and talks about your skills. It’s OK to take a moment or two to think. It demonstrates thoughtfulness.)

8. Ask questions.

Ask questions that demonstrate your interest in the company. (Hint: The best questions come from listening and asking for additional information.)

9. Don’t appear desperate.

Of utmost importance is to appear confident. (Hint: No matter how nervous you are, try to remain cool, calm, and assured.)

10: Work on your answers.

Prepare answers, well thought-through, to questions you think you’ll be asked. Practice answering questions with a family member or friend. (Hint: Think about your strengths, weaknesses, and successful execution of a sticky problem. Bonus hint: Remember, everyone wants the interview to go well. Be present, genuine, and responsive.)

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