How to ace a job interview in 2014

Tips and tricks help you prepare for your next job interview

by Taylor, published 01/03/2014

ace the job interviewIf getting a new job one of your New Year's resolutions, it's time to brush up on your interviewing skills. Take time to do the work to ensure this year's job interviews will be better than ever, so you can land the job of your dreams.

To help you along the way, these five articles offer advice and information to help you kick up your career confidence and ace a job interview in 2014.

  • 6 interview tips and tricks for 2014 Business News Daily: “Never be ‘unemployed’ Conventional job-seeking wisdom says to avoid employment gaps on your resume. Candidates often forget that not currently having a full-time position doesn't mean they have to look unemployed on paper. Freelancing, volunteer work and one-time projects related to your field all count as valid work experience. Even unrelated part-time retail jobs can be great for filling in resume gaps.”
  • 8 reasons you might not want to take a job offer Fox Business: “Your interviewer is very late. ‘Not respecting someone’s time isn’t just rude, it’s bad for business,’ says Manciagli. Sure, scheduling mishaps happen, but she points out that interviews are often scheduled with plenty of lead time, and most hiring managers should give themselves at least 15 minutes of prep before someone comes in. For your interviewer to sidle in considerably later than you agreed on, without an ounce of contrition, is a major red flag. ‘If they’re this rude at the interview, imagine how they would be as a manager,’ she notes.
  • Top 5 job interview tips for the New Year Grimsby Telegraph: “Do your research. Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you've done your homework on things like their last year's profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.”
  • 3 steps to walking into your interview with confidence Business2Community: “Arrive 45 minutes early for your interview and find a quiet place. This could be just sitting in your car. It could be sitting in the lobby of the company where you are interviewing. It could be a bathroom stall. Bathroom stalls have multiple purposes in life! I want you to sit quietly with your eyes closed and go back in your mind to a very happy experience. This could be a great vacation, a winning moment in a game, getting your acceptance letter to college, college graduation, accepting an award at work… Sit there for a full 10 minutes and soak up those good feelings.”
  • 10 pieces of interview advice to get you a better job in 2014 Chicago Grid: “As job-seekers, everyone’s been told to craft a cover letter. We don’t care about the cover letters. We don’t read them. We look at the resume, and how the roles fit together. I don’t care if someone even has a cover letter. If they do, out of courtesy, we’ll open it up. Yes, [recruiters] all have stories where we read an extremely engaging cover letter. But it’s once in every three or four years, typically in a creative job. Just want to get right into your experience, what you’ve actually accomplished, what you’ve actually done.”
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