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					?Like preparing a great meal, interviewing requires preparation. Get good ingredients
and give yourself time. Prepare the food on the plate to make the meal attractive. All
of these go into a great meal. Taking the time to prepare for an interview will give you
a huge leg up on your completion.

1. Schedule interviews at times that work for your metabolism. Are you a morning
person? Why would you accept a 6PM interview? If you are a person who functions
best in the afternoon, try not to accept early morning appointments. If you are a
person who needs to be conscious of their blood sugar, try to schedule your
appointments at times when you are at your peak. If forced to accept one of your less
ideal times, have a quick bite prior to the interview to avoid "fading." Avoid
overeating.

2. Give yourself extra time to get to their offices. There are few things worse than
getting to an interview late.

3. Arrive at the office building 7-10 minutes early. If it is summer, you want to wait in
the lobby to cool off; no one likes shaking sweaty hands. If its winter, warm up; you
don't want someone's early impressions of you formed by shaking a cold hand. Take a
few minutes in the lobby to get focused on what you will say. Allow a few minutes to
get through building security so that you actually arrive at your interview on time and
ready to go.

4. Properly introduce yourself to everyone you meet by saying. "My name is
__________ and I have a 1:30 interview with ________________."

5. If you are asked if they can hang your coat, accept the offer; if offered a beverage,
accept a beverage. You don't have to drink coffee or tea. Soda, bottled water or water
is fine. Thank whoever helps you. Declining the offer may be rude in some cultures.

6. Take your seat in order to face the greatest number of entry points into the room so
tat you can see someone approaching you. Being startled is not a good way to start a
meeting.

7. If you are given an application, complete it and complete it accurately and neatly.
Do not attach your resume and write, "See attached resume." An application is a legal
document and failure to complete it accurately can be grounds for termination.

8. If you are not sure about the month you started a job or your exact salary, write
"approx" (for the word approximately) next to the item. If asked, indicate you are not
absolutely certain of the exact month and don't wish to deceive anyone. Obviously, if
you can ascertain your salary or starting date prior to interviewing, do so; for some
people, the date or salary may be so far in the past to make it impossible to determine.
9. Write legibly (or as legibly as you can). This may be the twelfth application you've
completed, but it is the first of yours that they've seen. In many professions,
sloppiness is seen as a flaw.

10. When you hear your name announced, stand, and smile, shake the hand of your
interviewer and immediately size them up as a person. Are they smart (or not).
Aggressive (or not). If you were meeting this person socially, I'm sure your instincts
would be right. Unfortunately, because people think interviews are important, they
think they have to feel the interviewer out. Doing that is a mistake. Hard and fast
impressions of you will be formed during the next ten minutes that will be difficult to
change. If you tend to be right in social situations about the people you meet, trust
your instincts in professional ones, too.
Using these ten steps as a check list will get you started well than your competition.
What you do after that is up to you. Good luck.

Emtyaz Ahmud-Miki
http://www.constructionjobsnet.co.uk
Construction Jobs Network - The easiest way to find your next UK construction job.

				
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