Simple Things To Remember When In A Job Interview
© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
Often, when scheduled for a big job interview, we often take the simplest things for granted. After you've finished with all the background research you need to do regarding the company or organization you're applying to, you'll need to remember these few simple things that will help you seal the deal in an interview.
- From walking into the room, maintain a pleasant outlook. Especially if you're being interviewed in the morning, wear a simple smile on your face and just be friendly. Contrary to popular belief, not all interviewers are corporate sharks out to bite your head off. Maintaining a pleasant demeanor will likely be viral and spread a warm and positive aura across a tense and formal setup.
- The first of the job interview questions will likely be a request to tell something about you: the perfect opportunity to lead the interview. The interviewer is asking this in order to 1) know more about you and 2) to know which direction the interview is likely to head. By speaking confidently, surely, but not arrogantly about your intentions, strengths and weaknesses, preferences, skills, etc., you’re leading the interview into an informational conversation which is what the interviewer wants and needs.
- Listen and speak sincerely. Never pretend to be something you’re not; you will just be found out and are likely to just look stupid. Your job interview answers should lead towards revealing more of what you are about and why you would be perfect for the job without your coming on too strong. This can be accomplished through intently listening and comprehending the questions, and answering as truthfully and articulately as you can. Good communications skills show professionalism and dependability.
- Keep track of your own body language. First off, maintain eye contact –showing confidence and honesty. Avoid fiddling with your tie, shifting uncomfortably in your seat, slouching, and most of all biting your nails: all these shows signs of weakness, disinterest, and insincerity - traits that won't snag you a job interview follow up.
- A key to sealing the deal in any interview is ensuring that you are remembered. This can be done in a variety of ways. You can dress really nicely if it is appropriate, or accent your clothes with a distinct accessory that you can pull off.
Of the dozens of other applicants that might be applying for the same job you are, you should be unique and distinguishable from the pack. The way to get hired starts from being noticed. Don’t be afraid to be creative, but don't go overboard either - nothing's more annoying than an eager beaver who hasn't even been hired yet.
Writing a job interview thank you letter is a simple and effective way to be remembered. Not only is it traditional in business, it shows gratefulness on your part and is yet another chance to reiterate that you are the best person for the job.
Acing a job interview needn't be done with tricks or trade secrets. Sometimes, the simplest techniques are the most effective.
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "WOW...You're Hired!" job-landing system. Visit Jimmy on the web at: http://www.jobinterviewsecret.com and discover the breakthrough, TOUGH TIMES job search formula that will instantly make you stand out from the crowd like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair...DURING your next job interview.
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