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A Few Hints to Help You Get Ready for your Interview



An Interview Checklist

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH Before the big day, research the company and the position you have applied for. The more information you know, the more impressive to the interviewer.Check out the company's website and talk to people who work there.

2. PREPARE & PRACTICE Practice answering common interview questions in front of someone (mom, dad, friend) and prepare questions of your own. Asking questions in an interview shows you have actually thought about the interview and have an interest in the position.

3. ARRIVE EARLY, NOT ON TIME Showing up late for an interview doesn't make a very good first impression. Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early to check in with the receptionist and shake off any pre-interview jitters.If you are not sure how long it will take to get to the interview location, do a trial run before the big day, timing how long it actually takes to get there. It is better to get to an interview too early than too late.

4. PAY ATTENTION TO BODY LANGUAGE Non-verbal messages are being observed as well. Have a firm handshake. Look your interviewer in the eye and don't fidget (playing with hair, tapping feet).

5. ANSWER QUESTIONS HONESTLY Nobody likes getting stumped in an interview, but it happens. So what's the best way to recover from a blank-out? Turn the potentially negative situation into a positive one. For example, if you are asked if you can make spreadsheets and you have never tried, turn this situation into an opportunity by telling the interviewer what a quick learner you are. Just be honest. Lying will only get you into trouble.

6. BE POLITE You should not just be on your best behaviour during an interview - manners matter when it's over, too. Offering a firm handshake and a "thank you" is a respectful way to finish up. It can remind the interviewer who you are and help you stand out from the crowd.

7. STAY POSITIVE Be enthusiastic and confident in your abilities to do the job if you get it. Interviewers want to see that your personality fits the company, so be yourself. At the end of the of the interview, ask about the next step in the process.

8. Dress Appropriately for the Interview Doing well in an interview isn't just about what you say; it's also about how you appear.

9. FOLLOW UP Send a thank you e-mail or note (not a phone call) the day after the interview. It will refresh the interviewer's mind about you if they've been interviewing a number of applicants.

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