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Preparing for Your Next Job Interview


Preparing for Your Next Job Interview

By Bryan Thorby

Once you get the call for the interview, the next thing that
you need to do is prepare for it. You can never over prepare
for an interview. The more prepared you are, the harder it
will be to make mistakes. It is best to prepare yourself
emotionally as well as intellectually for an interview. Giving
a great interview is not as hard as some may think, but not as
easy as others do either. Here are a few things that must be
done in order to prepare for your next interview.

Remember, during an interview, you are there to sell yourself
to your prospective employer. You want to market yourself in
the most interesting way possible. Great preparation for the
interview is your best bet.

Do Your Research

It doesn't matter how much knowledge or experience you have
about the position that you have applied for it is disastrous
to enter into an interview and not be able to tell your
interviewer what their company is about. How else are you going
to tell them why you feel that you would be a good addition to
their company?
The number of applicants willing to thoroughly research and
invest both time and effort in preparing for an interview is
very small. This presents you with an invaluable opportunity to
outmaneuver the competition.

Research the company to find out about such things as products,
services, location, head office, branches, clients, turnover,
method of operation, growth history, future expansion plans,
market presence, market share, annual reports, and financial

One way to research a company is to look up their website. You
can get all of the general knowledge about them that way,
including the names of key people and their job titles.

Know Your Contact

When called for an interview, it is useful to find out who
will be doing the interviewing and how many other people will
be involved. It is nice to be able to greet your interviewer/s
by name at the beginning of the interview without first being
told who they are. It shows that you are on top of things, and
have prepared before hand.

You will also want to do some research on the person or people
that will be conducting your interview. Learn what they do for
the company and try to get some examples of their achievements
in the company.

Practice Interview Question Responses

It is best, if you are prone to nervousness, to practice
giving your responses to the questions that may be asked of
you. You should practice your wording and the tone of voice
that you plan to use. Try keeping your responses as brief
as possible, but with as much detail as you can.

When you are trying to work out the proper responses to the
interviewer's questions, you will also want to practice the art
of getting your nerves under control as well as ridding
yourself of any other odd habits while talking, like expressing
yourself with your hands.

Dress for the Part

Pre-select your attire the day before your interview. You want
to make sure that your clothes do not have any wrinkles or
stains on them. Pick an outfit that best suits the type of job
that you are applying for. If you are going to work in an
office setting, you should dress conservatively.

Of course if you are planning to work outdoors or in an
artistic environment, you can dress a little more casually.

Get Organized

Make sure that all of the things that you will need for the
interview are prepared the day before. Make a checklist of the
things that you will need if you have to. You should always
have an extra resume handy during the interview. You should
also bring with you a note pad to take notes during the
interview if needed.


Bryan Thorby is a Career Counselor and webmaster at
Career-Related.Com catering for your Career Related issues -
resumes, cover letters, job search, job interviews, career
tests, personality profiles, career information and providing
a substantial career resources directory. Get your copy of
"Your Basic Guide To Acing ANY Job Interview" ebook.
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About the Author

Bryan Thorby is a Career Counselor and webmaster at
http://career-related.com catering for your Career Related issues -
resumes, cover letters, job search, job interviews, career
tests, personality profiles, career information and providing
a substantial career resources directory.


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