Job Interview Tips

Job interview tips can help provide direction and guidance and help to steer you on the path to presenting yourself professionally and positively at job interviews.

It is very important to understand that the purpose you are being interviewed for is to meet an employer’s need to have the job done or service performed on their behalf. This is why it is always important to keep in mind the needs of the employer and to place your needs and desires second.

To be successful during interview you need to demonstrate or convince the employer that if you were chosen for the position you would perform effectively in the position and stay long enough for their investment in recruiting, selecting and training you to payoff. Job interview tips therefore help to prepare you to impress the employer and confirm to them that they have made an excellent choice in selecting you for interview and potentially to be the preferred applicant.

The first point you must remember before attending the interview is to present yourself professionally. Now I realize that not every position you may go for requires a suit and tie. Perhaps the position is for a motor mechanic or builders laborer or any number of other positions that are either outdoors or do not require clean clothing on a regular basis. That is fine, however if you were the employer, would you want to employ someone who couldn't take enough time to put on a clean shirt and trousers and perhaps shine their shoes?

Job interview tips help you to remember that when you go for a position and win it, you now represent the company, and the public image presented by a company’s employees is extremely important in generating business and goodwill to any business wanting to stay profitable. So remember to present yourself professionally. Select clean, well ironed clothing of a conservative nature suitable for places of business. Remember, it is better to dress more formally than too informally for a job interview. Make sure your hair and nails are clean and tidy. If you feel good about how you look and confident, this impression will shine through to where it counts, the interview.

Secondly be punctual, it is one of the pet hates of the interviewer and Job interview tips can help you remember that there is never any excuse for being late to an interview. So to avoid this make sure you know exactly when and where the interview is being held, where the nearest car park or public transport is and how long it may take to get to the business where you are being interviewed. Always allow plenty of time. The general rule of thumb is to be at least 15 min early to an interview. This shows the employer that you are keen to make a good impression and that you have no intention of wasting their time. If you are asked to wait prior to being interviewed use this time to check through your key Job interview tips.

Your checklist should include: spare copies of application and resume, contact details of person interviewing you, key points you wish to make and questions you may want to ask. If you feel a little nervous take slow deep breaths through the nostrils with your mouth closed. The waiting time is over, now is the time to believe in yourself and put into practice all the preparations you have made (see Job Interview Preparation for further advice) for this position you want. Check your clothing, information and appearance one more time, greet the interviewer and win that interview!

Be great, always!

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