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How to give a good job interview

Career Skills: 22 Ways To Get The Job You Really Want

By Dan Green

Improve your chance for a successful job search. Be researched, be ready, and be confident. All 22 things you need to know about landing that next great job.

Interview Tips For Every Job

Each year, millions of people get hired to work. They get jobs in offices, in factories, in homes, and outdoors.

You can get hired, too. You have the skills and desire. You like a new challenge. You’re studied and primed and ready to go.

All that’s missing is your offer.

For many jobs, a job interview is the last step between you and an offer. How you handle your job interview will determine your success.

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22 Things To Help You With Your Interview

In a job interview, good performance gets rewarded. It gets you hired and gets you respect.

Perform at your best. Here’s how.

Part 1: Two Days Before Your Interview

Your job interview is a performance. You are playing the role of “Potential Employee”.  It’s a role for which you should prepare.

The more you prepare for your job interview, the better you’ll perform. You’ll want to know to whom you’ll be speaking, how they fit into the company, and what’s expected of you as an employee.

All of this information is often available online.

You’ll also want to brush up on your human skills, including reviewing the basics of body language, proper greetings, and customary business etiquette during a job interview.

  1. Spend time learning about the company
  2. Learn about your body language
  3. Rehearse answers to obvious questions
  4. Have your interview bag ready and packed
  5. Personalize your resume for the interview
  6. Do something extroverted to prep your brain

Go deeper in this series: What To Do Before Your Interview.

Part 2: 10 Minutes Before Your Interview

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, or so the saying goes. This couldn’t be more true when you’re in the process of interviewing for a job.

The first few seconds of your interview often determine your entire interview’s outcome.

When you make a great first impression, everything you say during the first 10 minutes — no matter how off-base — may be viewed positively by your interview. That’s how powerful a good first impression can be.

  1. Dress for your interview appropriately
  2. Be groomed for your interview
  3. Consider covering any visible tattoos
  4. Arrive early for your interview
  5. Turn off all electronic devices
  6. Give a good, proper handshake

Go deeper in this series: How To Make A Great First Impression.

Part 3: During Your Interview

Your behavior during a job interview can be the difference between getting the job offer, and getting passed over.

Your body language, eye contract, and grace are on all display. A weak resume can be overcome with an excellent in-person interview. Similarly, a strong resume can be negated by a lack of situation awareness.

  1. When you’re offered water, take it
  2. Maintain appropriate body language and eye contact
  3. Be ready to answer: “tell me a little about yourself”
  4. Deflect questions that are “too personal”
  5. Ask your interviewer: “what has been your best moment with the company so far?”

Go deeper in this series: How To Behave Throughout Your Interview.

Part 4: Immediately After Your Interview

Your job interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door and say goodbye.

How you conduct yourself over the next 5 days can improve your odds of getting a job offer. Do the right things to make yourself memorable, and to increase your chances of getting the job.

  1. Give a meaningful goodbye
  2. Leave electronic devices put away
  3. Do not speak about your interview within 50 feet of the interview site
  4. Send a proper thank you note
  5. Be patient while you wait for your job offer

Go deeper in this series: What To Do After Your Job Interview Ends.

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Written by Dan Green

Dan Green is a mortgage lending expert and the founder of Growella. Prior to Growella, Dan was a six-time, top-producing loan officer; and, ranked repeatedly among the top 1% of loan officers nationwide. Dan's home buying expertise has been in print and on TV with The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, CNBC, and others.

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