Besides public speaking, a job interview is the biggest fear of most Americans, but it does not have to be. You have already won half the battle because a prospective employer is impressed enough by your qualifications to give you an interview. Now all you have to do is validate your credentials to them face-to-face. In other words, now you need to close the deal on this potential job and make the interviewer say, "Welcome aboard." Look at it as a chance to promote your career achievements and show them why you are more qualified than any of the other candidates. You have created a great resume and now it is time to put it to use. If you use the following 5 steps, you can increase your chances of landing the job that you want:


If you see yourself doing something, then you can do it. If you think positive thoughts, then you are more likely to have a better mental attitude. You should try and eliminate negative thoughts out of your mind and stay away from negative people. When you find out that you have been granted an interview, you should begin to immediately think about the way you want your interview to go. Think about yourself going to the interview in a confident manner and being offered the job when it is done. Think about he or she greeting you with a smile and wanting to offer you the position. Visualization is an important tool that can never be overestimated and many athletes, business people, musicians, and people in other professions use it. Use visualization to help you give a great interview.

Research Your Prospective Employer

Knowledge is power and the more that you know, the better off you will be. Gather as much information as you can about the company you are interested in working for. You can go on the internet and research the company's website or study their latest press releases. If you gain knowledge about the company's products and services, you will give a good impression to your interviewer. You should also check into the specific position that you are applying for and what specific skills and talents are required for it. When the company calls you in, your confidence level will be higher and you will increase your chances of getting hired.

Dress Well

One of the best ways of killing your chances of being hired is to be dressed like a bum when you walk in for an interview. When he or she sees your appearence, your prospects of earning the job are all but dead. You only have one chance of making a good impression and you want it to be the best that it can be. It is better to reschedule the interview than to walk in dressed inappropriately. You should wear a conservative suit or dress and appropriate dress shoes and high heels. If you feel that you need a haircut or need to change your hairstyle, then do it. If you need to go shopping for clothes, then do so. You do not have to spend a lot of money and you can often find a good clothing store with nice discounts. Wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes is an absolute no-no. Make sure that you show up on time and it is even better if you show up 10-15 minutes early. This gives off a great impression and will give you an advantage in getting the job.

Maintain Eye Contact

When you meet your interviewer, look him or her in the eye and give them a firm handshake. When you are being asked questions, give direct answers and always maintain eye contact. Avoid looking around the room or at the floor because this gives a bad impression. This makes it seem as if you are not interested and makes the prospective employer feels as if they are wasting their time. It is one of the strongest forms of nonverbal communication and your body language can be detected and you want it to radiate in a positive way. Maintaining eye contact can also build trust because you looked them in the eye during the entire interview process.

Follow Up Your Interview

You should follow up your interview with a phone call or letter. This is good business and it shows that you are interested in the position. After the interview is over, make sure that you get a business card and thank the interviewer for taking the time to talk with you. This is proper etiquette and it is the right thing to do. Even if you do not get the job, your resume will probably be put on file, but your interviewer will remember. If this job becomes available in the future, then you will be very likely considered.

A job interview does not have to be a nervous, frightening experience. Remember, preparartion prevents poor performance. If you visualize good things, research your potential employer, dress well, maintain eye contact, and follow up your interview, then you will increase your chances of landing the job that you want. 

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