8 tips to stand out in a job interview

By Sabrina S. Siracusa

Getting ready for a job interview can be a nerve wracking experience for even those with nerves of steel. But rest assured that if you have been called for a job interview you are qualified for the position. The recruiter or hiring manager now wants to learn more about your skills and who you are. By following these tips you are sure to stand out in a job interview:
1. Dress for success. There is no need to buy an expensive outfit. It is more important to look well put together. Make sure your clothes are clean and well fitting. Dress conservatively. Dress like you are going to church or court.
2. Groom yourself. Men with long hair should tie it back. Women should avoid overdoing hair, nails or jewelry. May sound old fashioned but these tips are time tested.
3. Become familiar with the job description. Highlight your skills that match the details of the job. You want to match the job description as much as possible.
4. Be on time. Prepare for unexpected traffic delays or direction problems. Murphy’s Law there will be an accident or other problem on the road. Go to www.mapquest.com and print out the directions to the job interview site.
5. Research the company you are applying for. Find something that interests you about the company. This will help you answer that famous “Why do you want to work here?” question.
6. Be friendly and extra polite to everyone you meet at the interview site. A smile and a firm handshake are important. You want to come across as a personable and professional person.
7. Bring extra copies of your resume. Take down notes and ask questions during the interview. You will impress the interviewer as someone who is professional and genuinely interested in the company and position. Employers are more impressed with candidates who are looking for a career and not just a job.
8. After the interview is over thank all the participants. Shake hands with the interviewers and ask when you can follow up regarding the status of the recruitment for the position. Ask for a business card so you can send a thank you note.
These tips are easy enough to follow. After a few interviews, but hopefully not too many, you should have these tips down to memory. In the meantime, feel free to print out and keep handy for your next job interview. Get a good night’s rest and good luck!

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