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Interviewing: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

CATEGORY: Interview Best Practices
POSTED: January 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

So you’ve spent countless hours researching job openings and potential employers and finally get contacted for an interview. Now what? The last thing you want is to go in and say or do the wrong thing, so preparedness is critical. Initially, you will most likely be contacted by phone or email to determine whether there is a mutual interest on both parts.  If things go well, your next step will likely be a face-to-face interview.

Here are three tips for having a great interview.

  • First impressions

When you walk through the door and meet the interviewer for the first time, it is important to present yourself in the most professional way possible. This includes the way you’re dressed, your approach, and the first few things you say. Looking the part of someone who fits in with the organization will prove to be valuable; you always want to dress for the position that you want, not the position that you have.Additionally, having a solid handshake while making eye contact is important. This action connects you with the other person.

  • Be prepared

Before the interview, research the company so you know as much as possible about the organization. This lets your potential employer see that you have a strong interest in becoming part of their team. Review the job description thoroughly so that you have a clear understanding of exactly what the company is looking for, and make yourself that person When a candidate “matches” the position, he or she is more likely to receive an offer than those who would require a lot of training.

  • Follow-up after the interview

Always send a thank you note to indicate your interest in working for the company and your appreciation for the time taken to interview you.

Alyson Doyle offers Top Ten Interview Tips which can serve as a helpful guide and expands on a few of these helpful points.  Have a clear picture of what you have to offer and be confident in your abilities. Doing your homework about the company and position will prove to give you an edge that can set you apart from other candidates that will be competing for the same job!




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