After you submit your resume to your potential employers the only thing standing between you and a new job is an interview. In this guide we will teach you how to have a successful interview and land your dream job.
Having a successful interview is a key role in landing your dream job so you had better be prepared. Here are some tips and approaches for successful interviewing from preparing for the interview to following up with the interviewer.
Before going into your interview you should always prepare first. You should research the company on the internet and learn about their background, their policies, and their plans for the future. If you do this you will be ready for the questions “What do you know about our company?” and “Why do you want to work with us?” Knowing as much as you can about the company beforehand can make your interview more interactive and may just give you the leg up on your competition.
Practice your interviewing techniques before you go for the interview. Have a friend come over and ask you some common interview questions and if possible videotape it. Go over the videotape and find your weaknesses and work on them, if you can’t video tape the session have your friend make notes and go over his/her notes afterwards.
It is very; very important to be on time for your interview, in fact you should be about 15 minutes early. If you are not familiar with the area the interview is being held in drive there the day before and learn how to get there. Don’t forget to bring an extra copy of your resume and a list of references to your interview.
Stay calm during the interview. There is nothing wrong with taking a few moments to think about the answer to a question, don’t get nervous.
When the interview is done restate your interest in the job, shake the interviewer’s hand and leave. Two to three days later you should send the interviewer a thank you note reiterating your interest in the job.
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