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Get a second interview by making a good impression at your first interview! You must prepare and practice. Here are some tips.

  • Research the company and know their history and their business philosophy.
  • Have a good solid handshake, not too hard and certainly not too soft.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and your list of references.
  • You should be well groomed. Go easy on fragrances like cologne or perfume. If you feel you must wear cologne or perfume, use it sparingly. Look and smell the part!
  • Don’t chew gum!
  • Be professional and stick to business at all times. Don’t ask personal or non-business questions.
  • Listen to the interviewer(s) and never interrupt.
  • Be aware of the amount of talking you are doing. Don’t ramble, tell the truth (if you don’t know the answer say so), and answer questions without excess detail.
  • Give only positive responses about your former employer, never negative.
  • Be on time and don’t be more than ten minutes early.
  • Maintain good eye contact, but don’t stare.
  • When answering questions, stay away from word fillers like “ummmmm…” “you know,” or “ahhhhh”.
  • It’s okay to ask questions, but stay away from salary and benefits on the first interview. If you are not given time to ask questions, ask permission to do so at the end.
  • Questions should be related to job responsibilities, career path and growth opportunities.
  • Try and find out ahead of time the names of those participating in the interview. After you are introduced, make sure you address them by name throughout the interview process.
  • You will mostly be asked both job skill and behavioral questions. Practice by developing stories of real situations in your past where you reached your goals, dealt with failure, overcame a problem situation, and dealt with a difficult co-worker or customer.
  • Be prepared to discuss at least three weaknesses that you were able to turn around because of your experiences, or skills that you are deficient in and that you want to become more knowledgeable in. Make sure these skills are not needed for the job you are applying for.
  • Watch the body language of the interviewer. If you notice a look of boredom, annoyance or distraction, stop what you are doing or saying and change course.
  • Be prepared with a summary statement as to why you should be hired.
  • Thank the interviewer for the opportunity and for their time.

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