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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Interviewing Tips

Due to our country's current economic state, many people today have found themselves unemployed. Being unemployed can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and not to mention financial stress. Employment provides us with multiple needs in our everyday lives, such as providing us with income, a sense of purpose, and social interaction, just to name a few. With a larger number of people applying for less positions, a person's interviewing skills could be the deciding factor in the decision to hire person A or person B. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you head out to a job interview.

1. Like the Boy Scouts say, "always be prepared." Make sure you know about the company you are interviewing for. Also make sure you are familiar and comfortable with your own employment history.

2. Always maintain good eye contact. Eye contact shows that you are interested in the position and that you have confidence in yourself.

3. "Practice makes perfect." Practice doing mock interviews with family or friends, so that you will be more comfortable and prepared when you sit down for the live interview.

4, Be interested....in other words talk with the interviewer about the job and the company. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

5. Adapt yourself and your skills to the interview and the position. For example, if you were previously a cashier at Winn Dixie, and now you are applying for a sales position at a car dealership, focus on your customer services skills and show the interviewer how that can translate to sales in their dealership.

6. And finally remain positive throughout the interview, in regards to yourself and past employers as well. Show the interviewer that you will be an asset to their company, not a problem.

Hopefully, these tips will help you during your next job interview. Remember, be prepared, eye contact, practice, be interested, adapt and be positive. The way you carry yourself during an interview plays a large role in the determination of who gets hired and who does not, show them why you will make their company a better place. Good luck and happy job searching.

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