How to ace a job interview

Want to do your best at a job interview? Here are five steps to help you shine.

Get ready & be early
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Look neat and businesslike, even if the employees of the company dress casually. Arrive about 10 minutes early to fill out the application neatly and in detail. Treat the receptionist respectfully.

A handshakeMake a connection
Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. Keep most of your focus on them. Smile and nod as you talk. When you pay attention to people, they enjoy talking with you!

An earListen closely
Show interest. Ask questions about the company’s goals and abilities needed for the job. Listen carefully to each duty mentioned.

A mouthSpeak clearly
Give short, direct answers on what you could do for the company. Describe how your experience and training match the position. Give examples. Discuss salary only after the employer mentions a figure.

A close up of hands writing a letterFinish & follow-up
End the interview by thanking them. Write a follow-up thank you note. In the note, reconfirm your interest and why you’d be an asset to the company.

Note: Most experts recommend dressing up for an interview unless you’re asked not to. A two-piece matched suit in a conservative color, fabric, and style is often suggested as the best and safest choice.

Keep notes about your job interviews and always send thank you notes afterward.

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