Improve Your Interview Technique




A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention. It doesn't take much to make an impression - good or bad. If you haven't taken time to dress appropriately or if you say the "wrong" thing, it will be over.

Know the Facts



I've been surprised when applicants weren't able to tell me their dates of employment or what they actually did on a day-to-day basis at their job. Review your work history - and make sure what you say matches what's on your resume. Take the time to learn about the company and about the job you're applying for.

What You Don't Say



What you don't say can - and will - be used against you in a job interview. If you come to an interview chewing gum or drinking coffee, you will already have one strike against you. Too much perfume or not enough deodorant won't help either. Not being dressed appropriately or having scuffed shoes will give you a second strike. Talking or texting on your cell phone or listening to an iPod while waiting to be called for the interview may not work well for you before you even say a word.

What You Do Say



Your verbal communications are important. Don't use slang. Speak clearly and definitely. Practice answering some interview questions so you're comfortable responding the basics.

Listen



It can be easy to get distracted during a job interview. It's stressful and you're in the hot seat when it comes to having to respond to questions. That said, if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame appropriate responses.

Using Non Verbal Communication to Impress



What you don't say during an interview is as important as what you do say. What's important, when interviewing, is to appear professional and attentive throughout the interview process .

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Top 10 Interview Tips



These interview tips will help you cover everything you need to know to ace a job interview. From checking out the company to sending an interview thank you note, these job interview tips cover all the basics needed for interviewing success.

1 . Avoid Interview Mistakes- What shouldn't you do when interviewing? Check out the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make. Then take the time to prepare before your interview, so you don't have to stress afterwards.

-  Dressing inappropriately

-  Arriving late

-  Bringing your own tea

-  Using phone during interview

-  Not knowing anything about the company




2 . Dress for Interview Success
- The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview. Business Casual or Formal attire for an interview is ideal. For a college placement interview students can opt for formal casual clothing.

3 . Improve Your Interview Technique- A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention

4 . Take the Time to Say Thank You- Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position. Use your thank you letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview.

5 . Practice Interviewing- Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your frazzled nerves, because you won't be scrambling for an answer while you're in the interview hot seat. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you're actually in a job interview.

6 . Use Your Contacts- Who you know at the company you are interviewing with really does matter. Here's how to use your contacts and connections to get an insider advantage so you can ace the interview and impress the interviewer.

7 . Check Out the Company- How much do you know about the company that just contacted you to schedule an interview? It should be plenty, and all the information you need is available online. Here are tips on how to research a company, get the inside scoop on the company culture, and use connections who can help you get an interview advantage

8 . Prepare for a Phone Interview- While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk. Review these tips for advice on how to pull off your phone interview without a hitch.



9 . Handle a Group Interview
- Interviewing with one person is tough enough, but it's even harder when you have to interview with a group (or panel) of interviewers. In a group

-    Connect with the group as well as the individual interviewers. When one panelist asks a question, respond directly to him or her,

-    Make eye contact with the rest of the group as you're answering. The more engaged you are - with everyone - the better impression you'll make.

-    Pay attention to the group dynamics. How does everyone get along? What type of interaction do they have?

10 . Interview While Dining- Taking you to breakfast, lunch or dinner provides the interviewer with a chance to check out your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners, in a more casual environment than an office setting. Choose your food wisely; do not opt for rich curry or heavy that makes you sleepy.

-    Remember Your Table Manners

-    Engage in a Conversation

-    To Drink or Not to Drink