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					How to Impress On An Interview - How to Make a Good Impression On A Job Interview

Knowing how to impress on an interview can allow you to rise to the top of the applicant pool as the best
candidate for the job. This requires thoughtful preparation prior to the interview and skillful execution
during your brief opportunity with your prospective employer.

Preparation prior to the interview should include extensive research into the company. Learn what the
company does in all of its branches or departments, and know the names of the principal leaders. This
will help you to answer questions and to ask intelligent and relevant questions as well.

Excellent sources of information include any of the financial websites that offer stock information and
analysis of the company. If the company is publicly traded, these sites offer a wealth of information on the
company's performance, including their strengths, weaknesses, and forecasts for the future. Knowing this
can be quite helpful in understanding how your expertise is suited to the needs of the company.

Once you have a solid understanding of the company and your prospective role, you can turn your
attention to preparing for the day of the interview. To prepare for a punctual arrival, you can drive to the
company in advance to assure yourself that you will know where you are going and how much travel time
you will need. While you are there, you can accomplish another goal that was recommended in a book on
how to interview with Fortune 500 companies.

On your test drive to the company, observe the current employees as they enter or leave work. Note the
color and styles of clothing that they wear, as well as their hair styles. Being a team player is essential in
many corporate environments, and this may give you an insight into the corporate culture and allow you
to look the part of someone who is well-suited to joining their team.

Besides learning everything you can about a company and preparing to arrive on time and appropriately
dressed, your preparation should also include anticipating questions that you may be asked. The goal
should not be to have mechanical, rehearsed answers to every possible question.
You should, however, have an understanding of what employers want to know about you, and what you
would like to communicate to them in a way that accentuates your personality. There are many books
available that list typical interview questions. Browsing as many of these questions as you can will reduce
the chance of being completely shocked by a question.
Sometimes the most unsettling question can be a very easy, open-ended one at the beginning of the
interview, such as "tell me a little about yourself". A vague question like this can send your mind racing
with uncertainty about what the employer is looking for, and how much you should say. Also, it may be
asked in the beginning of the interview when you are the most nervous. Be prepared to give a brief and
coherent introductory statement about yourself and your career ambition to avoid beginning the day with
a lot of stammering.
It is likely that you may be surprised by some aspect of the interview. You will have to rely on your
professional expertise, your experience, your preparation, and your natural personality to cope with these
surprises in the best way you can.
Unfortunately, a poor performance during the interview can result in a lost opportunity even if you are the
best candidate on paper. You may have knowledge, experience, talent, a great work ethic, and a
wonderful personality. These skills may not be enough to get the job, however, if your nervousness and
anxiety at the time of the interview prevents you from performing your best

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