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Successful Interviewing Techniques

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Developing proper job interviewing skills is essential to career success as it enables job seekers to present themselves in the most positive light. Yet many candidates still go to job interviews unprepared.

For those job seekers who are really serious about making the most of an interview opportunity, here are seven key elements to PREPARE anyone for successful interviewing.

Professionalism.  This means dressing the part and behaving appropriately. The first impression really does count. When going on a job interview, job seekers should always dress for success even if the organization has a business casual work environment. In addition, they should turn off their cell phones, bring extra copies of their resume, and have their own pen to complete the application.

Respect. The number one cardinal rule of successful interviewing is to be on time for the appointment. In fact, job seekers might want to consider being a bit early in order to have time to complete the application. In addition, remember to be polite to the receptionist as she is the recruiter's spy.

Engaged. Be involved, be alert, and be interested in the job interview. Otherwise, it makes no sense to be there. Listen carefully to the questions that the interviewer asks and then answer them directly without fanfare or excuses. Be comfortable with pauses in the conversation. Don't ramble on to fill up silent moments.

Practice. Work on enhancing interviewing skills by practicing with friends and family.  Job seekers should determine their wants as well as familiarize themselves with their own background, experience and accomplishments in advance of the job interview in order to enhance their ability to respond to questions in a positive and concise manner. Not being able to provide examples of how past experiences relate is a negative.

Ask. Interviewing is a two-way street where both parties have the opportunity to find out about one another by asking questions.

  • Before the job interview ask for the date and time of the interview, the interviewer's name and title, directions to the company and where to park.
  • During the job interview ask about the job, the company and ask for clarification on anything that doesn't immediately make sense.
  • After the job interview ask any additional questions that have not be answered, what the next step will be and for a business card.
  • Research. While it is not necessary to be an expert on the company, it is important to understand what the company does, its size and the number of years in business. Conducting research helps to answer questions about whether or not this is even the type of company the candidate wants to work for while potentially laying the groundwork for more questions to be asked at the end of the job interview.
  •  End it -- politely. Job seekers need to know when the job interview is over and not overstay their welcome. Be sure to thank the recruiter for her time.

While successful job interviewing techniques are not hard to master, they do take time to learn. And candidates who take the time and PREPARE for the job interview will find they are the ones that make a great lasting impression.

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