5 Interviewing Tips To Get That Job

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					5 Interviewing Tips To Get That
         A. Abdul Rashid
               Be Confident
• "Your first impression is your only impression."
  Nothing is worse than a limp handshake,
  slumped shoulders, poor eye contact or poor
  communication skills. A potential employer
  can tell immediately if you are the man or
  woman for this job by your body language.
• Although aggressiveness is a turn-off, being
  passive gives the indication that you are not
  sure of yourself or your qualifications. Keep
  eye contact when answering questions or
  when the interviewer is speaking directly to
  you. Smile occasionally to show your interest
  and enthusiasm.
• Keeping a steady gaze on the interviewer can
  be disturbing to an interviewer. Look away
  occasionally. Lean forward to show that you
  are interested in what the interviewer is
  saying. Speak in a concise and clear voice. If
  you have problems annunciating certain
  words, don't try to use them on an interview.
  If this is difficult for you, practice with a mirror
  and pay attention to your facial expressions.
• Other interview killers:
  -Slouching in a chair
  -Crossing your arms
  -Playing with your hair or jewelry
  -Leaning back in chair
                  Act As If
• "You are what you believe."
  Act as if you had the job. What would you do
  if you had this position? How would you act?
  How would a person in this position act and
  speak? What are your responsibilities in this
• What is a typical day like for you in this job?
  Change your attitude towards yourself and
  your strengths. If you start thinking that you
  won't get the job, you will do small
  unnoticeable things to sabotage your chances.
           Know The Company
• "Know your business."
  I once sat on a couple of interviews where the
  interviewees did not do any research on the
  company. This sends a message that you are
  looking for any job, not this specific job. Once
  you're interview is scheduled, get on the net
  and start finding out everything you can about
  the company.
• Call the company headquarters and ask for
  the marketing department to get specific
  information. Weave your research into the
  interview by stating. "I read an article in the
  Wall Street Journal, which mentioned that
  your company is thinking about XYZ."
• This lets the interviewer know that you have
  taken the time to know more about the
  company. You can ask questions about
  something you read, but don't challenge them
  or you'll come across as a know-it-all
               Be Prepared
• "Know what to say."
  Most interviewers ask the same standard
  questions about your strengths, weaknesses,
  former employers, work history. If you are
  being interviewed by several people, this
  might be a good cop, bad cop situation. Pay
  attention to who is playing bad cop, they are
  looking for signs of weakness and dishonesty.
• To be well prepared, before the interview,
  write out all your accomplishments, both
  personal and professional. List your strengths
  and weaknesses. Be honest, it's easier to
  remember the truth than it is a lie. Extra Tip:
  Write out situations in which you have
  demonstrated: leadership skills,
  determination, stress management, creativity,
  and flexibility.
• Be prepared to answer the question: "Why do
  you want this job?" If you're not sure,
  reevaluate your decision. If you arrive a few
  minutes early, review what you wrote in the
  waiting room before the interview. Great list
  of interview questions: Tested Interview
             Ask For The Job
• "You get what you ask for.“
• The most important step in the interviewing
  process is one most people miss. ASK FOR THE
  JOB! Most interviewers are waiting for that
  closure. If you have done everything
  exceptionally well during the interviewing
  process, but have not asked for the job, you've
  just wasted an interview.
• Asking for the job shows the potential
  employer that you are assertive, confident
  and right for the job. It might feel
  uncomfortable, but this is your only chance to
  ask for something you really want. Make sure
  your voice is firm and you make eye contact.
• Think of it as your closing argument, you've
  got to win over the jury. You should also ask
  the interviewer if he or she thinks you are
  right for the job. Even if they tell you
  something unpleasant, think of it as a lesson
  learned. However, do yourself a favor and ask
  for the job. You deserve it!
               Thank You
• A. Abdul Rashid

• Funandjolly@yahoogroups.com