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In the last few years, many people have found themselves either out of work or in need of changing careers to make enough money to support themselves and their families. For many people, gone are the days of getting a job with one corporation or company out of high school or college, and working for them until retirement.

Now, more than ever, it is essential to prepare for a job interview. With a few great tips, your future job interview will become positive experiences.

First it is important to dress to impress. If you are a man the best outfit includes: slacks, dress shirt, a tie and a nice pair of shoes. If you are a woman the best outfit includes: nice slacks or a skirt, blouse or dress skirt, dressy flats or heels.

Now it is important to note that not everyone has these items of clothing readily available in their closets. Especially if they have been out of work for a long time.Going to a local thrift store such as the Goodwill or even asking a friend or family member to let lend or have clothing that they no longer want are great solutions.

Even checking out local nonprofits like the Salvation Army or checking the newspaper for clothing drives is another option. Dressing nicely will show your interviewer that you are serious about the job you are applying for.

Second, prepare what you are going to say. Preparing ahead of time will boost your confidence. You can also use your resume to help you answer questions about your job history. Having a copy of it with you will give you an extra boost if you are feeling nervous.

One common mistake made in interviews is the answer the question: "Tell me about yourself?" Many people respond with personal information or hobbies that they may have. This question is more appropriately answered with focusing on your career history and what strengths, experience and skills you can bring to the current job that you are applying for.

A good strategy in answering this question is with a question: "How many years of my career experience would you like to know about?" Using the interviewer's answer, you can talk about your job history and nail your answer to question # 1.

Answer all other questions with confidence, showcasing what a great addition to the company you will bee Also, make sure you ask questions about the job. Make sure the job is the right fit for you too. Even though the job market has many job seekers, remember that when you get the job, you will be spending at least 40 hours a week there (hopefully) for the foreseeable future. Make sure this job is the right fit for you from the start.

Third, make sure you have directions to where the job interview is being held, and have reliable transportation. Be early. Being 15 minutes early is the right amount of time to get a good parking spot and take a few moments to breathe before the interview starts.

Finally, if you have a cell phone, turn it off and do not answer it during the interview. Putting the cell phone on vibrate is tempting, but it is distracting. If you answer a call during an interview it reduces your chances at getting the job.

Dressing to impress, preparing what you will say, arriving on time, turning off your cell phone and remaining confident all are tips to improve your overall interview experience Good luck to all job seekers and many successful, positive and productive interviews to all of you!


Street Talk

Great article. I liked the comments about proper preparation for an interview. Know who you're dressing for, both the panel but, more importantly, the company and the job you've applied for.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

We only have 1 first impression, so your advice goes a long way to amping that up for people. Especially liked the part about answering the question "Tell me about yourself?" Funny that we immediately think about social life lol. Thanks Merrily.

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  about 8 years ago

Your Welcome! I have missed that question so many times...lol :)

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  about 8 years ago

very needed article. I personally needed to read it to remind me I never want to have to go to another interview again. Rob, I am with you, I would rather give them. :)

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks..I would love to be in that position one day! Hats off to you :)

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  about 8 years ago

I have interviewed so many people during my differing careers that I can agree with all your comments and suggestions, one thing that has always impressed me as an interviewer is when answering look the other in the eyes, this is normally an indication of truthfulness. A sense of confidence certainly helps, but not easily displayed when sitting almost wanting to beg for the post.

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  about 8 years ago

Very good advice Rob. I know I personally have been in the begging catagory a few times. I know that I have been so often needing a job so much that I forget the first impression that I make. It is hard for many people when you work hard on a degree and then there are no jobs for you when you graduate. I know I have felt depeserate when I have been on the brink of homelessness. It is not a good situation. But, still goof advice, Rob. Wish I had received it 10 years ago :)

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  about 8 years ago

Very wise advice! Presenting well and avoiding needless pitfalls is certainly a good start and your guide is excellent.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks so much Heather! I apperciate your compliments very much :)

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  about 8 years ago
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