Brian Tracy, author of “Earn What You’re Really Worth: Maximize Your Income at any Time in any Market” offers several tips to help you kick that interview’s butt.
- Always be on time
You do NOT want to be late. So be sure to give yourself enough time to get there. If you’re early, you can wait in the lobby, which will make you look eager. Employers like eager.
- Dress well
You want to make a good first impression. Your clothes help you do that. Dress the way you would expect to dress if you were working there.
Before your interview, breathe deeply several times. This will help release endorphins and give you a sense of calm. Relax your shoulders. Close your eyes and imagine yourself as calm, confident and relaxed.
- Smile and shake hands firmly
Look your interviewer in the eye. Give a good handshake, full and firm, without cutting off your interviewer’s circulation. A firm handshake is important for both men and women.
- Interview your interviewer
You can and should ask questions, too. Ask about the company, the industry, the kind of person the interviewer is looking for. The more you ask, the more you’ll learn. You may find out you don’t want the job. Or, you may learn it’s perfect. Either way, by asking questions you’ll look smart and enthusiastic. Employers like smart and enthusiastic.
What if your interview involves dinner? The Chronicle of Higher Education offers some valuable hints to help you ace the job interview while you’re trying not to get spaghetti sauce on your tie or blouse.
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