Monday, June 18, 2012

How To Blow Them Away During Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are all about first impressions. You have only one shot to impress hiring managers enough so that they will either hire you or call you in for a second interview. Fail to do that and you'll be on your way to filling out yet another application.

Employers are understandably picky about who they want to hire, so it's important that you stand out among the other candidates they see. Here some tips to make them say "wow" at the end of the interview:

  • Make Your Resume Clear and Concise: You'd be surprised how many applicants send in cluttered resumes. It makes a world of difference to a hiring manager when they get applications that don't leave them confused.
  • Dress to Impress: It doesn't matter what the atmosphere of the organization is: You should always come to the interview dressed professionally. That means no jeans or sneakers. I would avoid wearing colors that are too bright, as that can come off as a little over-the-top;.
  • Be Punctual: Arrive at the office exactly when you are asked. Nothing makes a worse first impression than being late, but being too early can be a bad thing as well. It can make employers feel like they have to rush through what they are doing in order to attend to you.
  • Come Prepared With Questions: Interviewers like candidates who show interest in their organization. Even if they aren't ground-breaking questions, it's worth asking.
  • Say "Thanks:" Send a thank-you letter after the interview is over. Make sure to once again express your interest in the job in your note.

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