PREPERATION IS KEY

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You want to be sure that going into any interview you have familiarized yourself with the company.  You want to be able to engage confidently when asking and answering questions.  Always bring your resume.  Yes, you may have given one already, yes, they may have it online, but it doesn’t matter.  You being able to hand something tangible to the interviewer shows that you are ready to discuss all of your strengths and experience.  Be sure you know what is on your resume.  Too often we have written the resume too long before the interview that you may forget something you have highlighted.  It is doubtful, but under the stress of this meeting you want to be as prepared as possible to answer questions with conviction.   If you are overly nervous about an interview, ask a friend to practice with you.  Doing a mock interview is always an easy way to prepare. 

BE YOUR BEST SELF

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This means lots of sleep, relaxation and a good supplement to promote focus and clarity before any big interview.  Time’s have changed, people no longer rely on just a cup of coffee. Top CEO’s and successful executives have been relying on brain enhancing supplements for years. These nootropics, as they are called, help with focus, memory and clarity. Now you can have the advantage over other candidates. We recommend a supplement that has everything you need to achieve this, top rated Iso Brain nootropic. It has been proven to enhance focus, clarity and memorization, all important to help prepare yourself for the interview.  Make sure that you are well rested as your demeanor, energy level and ability to stay engaged speak volumes to the potential employer.  There is nothing comparable to being able to focus and put your best self forward.  Make sure that you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for the interview.  Better to be over dressed than under dressed so take care to wear clothes that make you feel good.  The cliché is correct, first impressions mean everything.  You want the person you are meeting to be impressed before you even speak. 

ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY

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There is a saying “if you’re not early, you’re late” and this rings true for every interview.  Showing up 15 minutes before the interview shows that you are serious about getting the job.  This sets you up immediately to show that you take what you are doing seriously.  It is such a simple move but one of the most important ones you can make.  This is not something you do just for the interview, you need to continue this when you get the job.  How impressed will they be when you show up early on your first day?  Also, be confident but humble when you check in, don’t be impressed with yourself about showing up early. 

WHO ARE YOU?

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You should know the answer to this question before you get there.  It’s been shown that interviewers make up their mind about you within the first 5 minutes and then spend the rest of the time trying to prove that perception.  First off, show appreciation for the interview.  Thank them for meeting with you and show gratitude for their time.  Be confident without being cocky.  No one likes a know it all, impress them with your knowledge of the company and the position without making them feel like you think you are  a lock for the job.  Be clear about why you are the best candidate for the position. 

QUESTIONS?

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Inevitably the interviewer will at some point ask you if you have any questions for them.  Yes, you always want to have questions.  Saying no will only show your lack of interest and/or knowledge about the position.  All job interviews begin and end with the impression you give.  Have a few questions ready to go.  You don’t need to ask them all but once you are through the interview you will know which ones are the most relative.  Some examples may be – “what are you looking for in an employee?”  “where do you see the future of the company?” “what do you think is the most challenging aspect of this position?”

RELATE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

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All of us at one time or another have wanted to switch our jobs/careers.  Even if you are switching to something completely outside of what you’ve been doing, there are always ways to relate your previous experience to the new position.  Take some time before the interview to identify these attributes.  If you aren’t switching careers, you should always know how your previous experience relates to the position you are interviewing for.  You may feel that it should be obvious, but interviewers still want to hear about it from you. 

SELL YOURSELF

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While you want to sell yourself to your potential employer you don’t want to be aggressive about it.  Rather than just give straight out statements about how qualified you are, weave in into your answers.  For example, when asked why you are qualified you want to say something to the effect of “I feel I am qualified for the position because I have been striving to learn all I can in this field for years.”  You want to avoid statements like “I’m qualified because I know everything about how to do the job.” 

HOW TO TURN A NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE

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One of the most common, but also most uncomfortable, questions in an interview is “what are your weaknesses?”  What you absolutely do not want to do is actually list them!  If you are detail oriented, you want to say that you can sometimes focus too much on the finer details of a project.  Follow it up with how you are working on improving that by identifying the details without getting caught up in them.  Identify your weakness and then find a way to turn that around. 

DON’T SAY A WORD

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One of the worst things you can do in an interview is to say something negative about a past position or employer.  You are not going to get a job by telling a future employer how bad a previous was to you.  Even if they were, even if you have valid reasons for not liking them, it isn’t something you need to share.  When you are asked why you left a job don’t say “because my boss was awful” say that you were having trouble with the commute, you wanted to feel more challenged, etc.  Don’t say “I was passed up for a promotion” “they didn’t appreciate me.”  Always make sure that the reason you left had nothing to do with any conflict. 

FOLLOW UP

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First, you want to close the interview on a positive note.  Thank them for their time, shake their hand and tell them that you look forward to hearing from them.  Then, you want to follow up with an email.  Again, you want to take them for their time.  Tell them how excited you were to learn more about the company.  Let them know that after speaking with them you feel you would be a great fit and look forward to being able to work with them.  You can also do a more structured thank you letter.  Whatever you choose to do, you want to be sure that you reach out.  Employers appreciate someone who takes the time to reach out.