An interview can be a daunting experience, especially if you really need the job. That's why it's advantageous to go on as many interviews as you can to gain experience and become more comfortable with interviewing. You can also use an interview success formula to improve your chances of getting the job. Much of your success during an interview is contingent on how you prepare for it.
Prepare in Advance
Review your resume so you can readily discuss key skills and projects you worked on in your current and past jobs. Visit the company's website and take notes on important facts about it: When it was founded, the CEO, or chief executive officer, products they sell, number of employees, regional markets and annual revenues. Search Google and Yahoo for articles about the company. Learn as much as you can about the company -- recent marketing strategies, new policies or a new corporate structure -- so you can better relate your own experiences and demonstrate your interest in working there.
Answer Questions Appropriately
Learn to answer common and tough interview questions, which can increase your chances of getting the job. This is not the time to rant about your family or your interest in shopping at the mall. Stick to questions about your career and how they relate to the open job. If the interviewer asks you what salary you desire, deflect the question back to her, according to "U.S. News & World Report." Say, for example, "I have a particular salary in mind. What is the salary range for this position?" It'll be more difficult to justify a higher salary if you volunteer salary details too early. Besides, you may state a salary less than what the company would offer.
Ask Intuitive Questions
Companies judge your cognitive skills and interest in the job by the questions you ask. Jot some questions down in advance of the interview. Avoid asking questions that you can answer on your own through research. Ask about specific projects you would work on if you got the job, and the names and titles of the employees in which you'd be working. Ask what the expectations are for the job, such as the hours you're expected to work and quotas you must meet. End your series of questions back asking about the next step in the interview process. This gives you a better idea on how close the company is to making a job offer.
Act the Part
Don't wear jeans to an interview for a management or professional job. Wear a business or pant suit. Leave about 20 minutes early to allow for traffic and parking. Turn your cell phone off before you enter the building. When you greet an interviewer, shake her hand firmly, smile and say, "It's nice to meet you." Sit up straight during your interview and maintain eye contact throughout the interview. When addressing the person, use the name she provides when she introduced herself.
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