April 1, 2015

5 Ways to Ace Your Interview


In a world filled with fierce competition, a seemingly scarcity of jobs, and a general fear of not being recognized, it is sometimes difficult to remain calm when interviewing for a position. Luckily, there are ways to combat your doubts and remain confident as you go through the process.

Next time you set foot in an interview, set your nerves aside and use these five tips to ensure you stand out

1. Dress appropriately

It’s better to dress up than dress down. Dress ahead of the position you are looking for. Always look professional and business ready, the effort not only shows, but matters as well.

2. Be pleasant

Let your enthusiasm show during your interview. From the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave, your demeanor should be pleasant and engaged, ensuring that your potential employer knows just how much you want to be there.

3. Shake hands

Sometimes all it takes is a small gesture to show your worth. Upon the beginning and end of the interview, extend your hand and give a firm hand shake. Make sure to make eye contact and prove your confidence.

4. Remain genuine

An article from Forbes (link), stated authenticity as one of the main components of acing an interview. It is important to remember to never be someone you are not, and instead be genuine to your skill set and potential.

5. Be grateful

Be grateful for the position you are in. By knowing that where you are is exactly where you need to be, and remembering that every opportunity is a gift, you will say the right things and your gratitude will show.

There is no magic equation for finding the right fit, however taking these components into consideration will help you through your interview, and give you the tools needed to land that job.  

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