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5 Tips to Conquer your Interview

So you have written your resume that highlights your skills and experience. Now you have gotten the interview. The interview is your opportunity to sell yourself and see if whether you are a fit for the company or if the company is a fit for you.

There are some ways you can help sure that the employer views you as a strong candidate. As well as help you determine if you can be a strong fit as well.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Job Interview

Research the company before the interview

Before the interview research the company, learn more about what they do and how they do it. during the interview try to ask thoughtful questions based on what you found. Also, take that time to ask about their turnover rate. Besides that how would they describe their best worker? Their response will help you understand what they would expect from you. Don't be afraid to ask about the work environment at their company. What does that look like and do you see yourself in that environment?

Practice makes perfect

During the interview, the employer will try to you with tough questions to judge your compatibility and see how you cope under pressure. Expect questions about work experience, stressful moments, difficult decisions, behavioral/ situational, and where you see yourself in several years. Take the time to role-play and review some standard interview questions. This allows you to be mentally prepared and confident during your interview.

Arrive early

It is important to be on time, but during your interview, it is best to arrive early. Good employers value those individuals who are punctual. Besides that arriving early allows you time to be able to prep yourself mentally and gather your thoughts

Always Be Honest

Don’t lie if you were laid off or terminated from a previous job. The truth will likely come out before being hired.

If you lie and secure the position despite your dishonesty, your future at the company will be in jeopardy once the truth does come out.

Answer with the facts as best you can. Be open and confident, providing valid reasons for any part of your employment history that you are not proud of.

If you were laid off, make it clear that your performance did not contribute to the decision and that you can provide references from the company that laid you off. If you were terminated or fired, you can use a softer phrase, such as “let go.” Stay focused on the skills and suitability for the job presently on the table.

Be Aware of Your Body Language

Remember to exude confidence—hold your head high, stand straight and tall, hold a slight smile, and relax. Introduce yourself with a smile, a reasonably firm handshake, and a relaxed and self-assured demeanor.

Greet others, and if you’re interviewing with more than one person, follow the interviewer’s lead to sit down or move to another room. Do your best to enjoy the interaction as much as possible. Keep it professional at all times.

Nonverbal communication cues are a major part of the impression you make. A weak handshake, for example, shows a lack of authority. An averted gaze signals distrust or disinterest in the job. You can show assertiveness by sitting up straight and leaning slightly forward in your chair. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer without staring him or her down.

If there are multiple people present in the interview, focus your attention on the individual asking you questions.

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