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Job Interview: Ace It, Be Forgotten About, or Screw Up

So you finally found the job that’s perfect for you and that you are perfect for. After applying, you got “the call” and you’ve been asked to come in for an interview. Congratulations, but your work has only just begun. A job interview is not something you should take trivially because, in a lot of companies, it is the most important part of the job search process. Even some of the highest qualified people do not get the jobs they applied for just because their interview was not good enough. It would be pretty disappointing to get to that point just to not get the job, and that’s why we’re here to give you a couple of important tips that will help you make sure you ace any job interview you go for.

1. Look the part
The first thing anyone notices when you walk into a room is how you look. Make sure you are properly groomed before you go for the interview, and also ensure you are dressed according to the job you are applying for.

2. Talk less, Listen more
This is one of the most important tips that you should know. Paying attention and listening more than you talk is a great attribute that indicates good communication skills, which is something employers are searching for. You need to be highly observant, listening to every word the interviewer says and also internalizing and fully understanding any piece of information that is passed. Also, you must make sure you do not say more than you are asked which is a grave mistake many people make. There is no need to go on and on about your life or education or whatever, the interview is not a place to make friends so give straightforward and honest answers.

3. Carry the right attitude
You always want to approach a job interview with an air of confidence but never let this amount to cockiness and no matter how hard you want that job, never put yourself in a position where you look desperate. You should have good faith in all your abilities and this should allow you to speak and move about with confidence. Remember to stay cool, calm, and collected throughout your interview.

4. Show no fear
A large part of your interview will most likely be on how well you carry yourself and how good you are under pressure. Do not be scared to ask questions or seek additional information and ensure you demonstrate a high level of confidence in any scenario you are in. Give a firm handshake, maintain strong eye contact, and speak boldly, without being too loud.

5. Be Prepared for Anything
It is advisable to have a mock interview with questions that you anticipate might be asked at the real interview so you would be well prepared. Prepare well-worked answers for any questions you feel you would face so you would not be stuck during the interview. Make sure your verbal communication skills are on point before you go for the interview and use appropriate language when relating to the interviewer. Remember that your interview begins once you walk onto the premises of the organization.
These tips might seem very simple, but trust they will make a big impact on helping you get that job you want. Good luck to you and congratulations in advance.

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