Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tips for cracking an interview

1-Make sure that you are clean, neat, and well-groomed. Interviewers do notice your appearance, and first impressions are critical in an interview situation

2- Smile and maintain eye contact. This is one way of communicating confidence, even if you don't feel it

3- If the interviewer offers his or her hand, shake it firmly. If they don't, it is appropriate to offer yours.

4- Wait until the interviewer sits or offers you a seat before sitting down

5- Be aware of the interviewer's reactions. If he or she looks confused, ask if you can clarify anything

6- Be aware of what your body is saying. Avoid closed postures. Sit upright, but not stiffly

7- Control your nervous habits. Don't swing your foot, talk with your hands (to an extreme), or fiddle with jewelers, buttons, pens, etc

8- Show that you are interested in the job by asking questions.
Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration.

9- If it is not known when a decision will be reached, ask if you can phone in a week's time to inquire about the progress.

10-If the interviewer offers his/her hand, shake it firmly. Otherwise, it is fine to offer yours first.

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