Interviewing for any job can be stressful. Especially if it you are currently out of work. The pressures of your current financial situation with bills due and no income can increase the normal stress associated with interviewing many times over. However, if you are prepared and follow the simple rules below, you can do well in the job interview and have a great chance at landing the job.
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Present a professional appearance. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. You want to dress for the job you are interviewing for. Conservative, well tailored clothing is best for job interviews. Be well groomed without wearing too much jewelry or too much or too strong smelling perfume or cologne.
Practice your communication skills. It is important to communicate with the interviewer sincerely and in a factual manner. It is also important to listen carefully. Interviews are two way conversations. While you should never "over-answer" questions, just answering yes or no is not appropriate either. Explain and provide additional information if possible but never pretend that you know something when you don't. While we are on the subject of communication, most interviewers want you to speak for yourself about your qualifications and strengths and not just rely on what is written in your resume.
Arrive early. Never be late to a job interview. You should plan on arriving 15 to 20 minutes early. You may have additional application forms to complete and arriving early will give you the time to complete them. Also, if you can't make an interview on time, how does the potential employer know that you will come to work on time?
Always display positive body language. Make good eye contact and never give negative messages by doing such things as crossing your arms, hurried nodding, or frowning.
Always stay poised and professional even if the interview for this position is not going well. There may be other opportunities available that would better match your qualifications. Also, never bad mouth your former employers. It is unprofessional and the interviewer will believe that you will do the same to them when you leave their company in the future.
Interviewing for any job can be stressful. Relax and follow the tips above and you will greatly improve your job possibilities.
Tips & Warnings
Dress for success, think and act positive, and always be yourself.