How to prepare for your next job interview

Five articles to help you get ready for your next job interview.

by monsterstaff, published 03/28/2014
job interview Don't go into another job interview unprepared. This week's round up brings you five articles to help you get ready for your next job interview.
  • The Little Interview Mistakes—That Cost You Big Time The Daily Muse: “You’ve worked hard to get the interview, and now it’s your time to shine. While you might be spending most of your time rehearsing your pitch for exactly how your skills fit the job, you might want to think more about the overall impression that you’re making. Turns out, that impression is about much more than what you say. In fact, 93% of first impressions are based on the way you dress, act, and walk through the door, and the quality of your voice and confidence. And even little things—like failing to make eye contact with the interviewer—can hurt your chances of walking out with an offer in hand.”
  •  11 Things You Should Do In The 15 Minutes Before A Job Interview Business Insider: “Arrive early, but don’t go inside. Few things can shake you more than running late to an interview, so always arrive early. However, be sure to wait in your car or a nearby café, as being too early can place unnecessary pressure on your interviewer and start the meeting off on the wrong foot, Parnell explains.”
  •  Ask the Headhunter: Don’t go to a job interview you’re not ready for PBS: “Don’t apply if you didn’t choose the interview based on research. If you selected this company as one you want to work for, I expect you selected it for several good reasons, all based on your research. Even if you were introduced by a headhunter, due diligence is necessary. Thus, you must know quite a bit about the company. Otherwise, why interview?”
  •  What to Change If You're Getting Interviews But No Job Offers U.S. World & News Report: “Reach out to any past interviewers with whom you felt particular rapport and ask if you can buy them coffee and pick their brain for 20 minutes about how you can become a stronger candidate. Your email request could sound something like this: ‘I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me about the assistant manager job last week. I want to ask you a favor: Could I buy you coffee and pick your brain for 20 minutes about how I can better position myself for this type of work?’”
  • Phone Interview Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job Brazen Careerist: “A high percentage of communication is nonverbal (e.g., facial expressions, gestures and eye contact), which can’t be conveyed through the phone. This means the words you use and how you deliver them are more important than usual. Choose your words wisely. Letting the recruiter hear energy and enthusiasm in your voice matters as much as the language you use. Remember, recruiters talk to many bland, listless candidates all day, so listening to a genuinely cheerful person stands out.”
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