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Interview Best Practices

How can I make sure I ace my interview?

The interview is easily the most important step in the job search process. Therefore, leaving a great impression is essential. Since interviews take practice, it's vital to gain as much experience as possible so the interview is second nature - and you're confident, polished and prepared.

Try these tips to hit a home run on your next interview:

  1. Do your homework on the company, position and person you're interviewing with so you'll feel prepared.
  2. Practice for the interview by role playing with a friend or videotaping your responses.
  3. Research commonly asked interview questions and prepare your answers to them.
  4. Cite specific examples of strengths and weaknesses in your career - use these to identify how you can help benefit the company.
  5. Appear positive and make eye contact with the person conducting the interview - it shows your enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  6. Ask open-ended questions that allow the interviewer to share information about the job and the company.
  7. Ensure that your profile on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are professional - or set to private.
  8. Update your Linkedin profile and ask colleagues to provide references to endorse you.
  9. Never bash a prior job or boss, rather focus on tasks that did not work instead of coworkers or company politics.
  10. Bring a few copies of your resume, a notepad and pen to take notes.
  11. Keep your answers concise and professional.
  12. Set goals and let the employer know where you see yourself professionally in five to ten years, and beyond.
  13. Map out your route in advance and arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  14. Send a thank you email to finish off the process - it also puts the ball back in the employer's court.


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