Prepare to get Hired

Prepare to get Hired

Tips for creating a resume and preparing for an interview. 

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Ten Tips for an Interview

It is important to appear confident and prepared for an interview. There is no way to predict what an interview holds, but by following these important rules you will feel less anxious and will be ready to positively present yourself.

1. Research

Researching the company before the interview and learn as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have. You also should find out about the company's culture to gain insight into your potential happiness on the job. 

2. Look Sharp

Making a good first impression is essential. Even if the company has a casual environment, you should take care in your outfit. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly. 

3. Be Prepared

Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. 

4. Be on Time

Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early,  allowing for factors like getting lost. 

5. Show Enthusiasm

A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel nervous. 

6. Listen

One of the most neglected interview skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said. 

7. Answer the Question Asked

Candidates often don't think about whether they are actually answering the questions their interviewers ask. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure. 

8. Give Specific Examples

One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance. 

9. Ask Questions

Many interviewees don't ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job. Prepare a few in advance if you need.

10. Follow Up

Always follow up with a thank you note even if brief!