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Any article about job interview tips should start with the simplest and easiest to follow. First, make sure you get there on time, even if that means you leave an hour early and wait outside the office beforehand. Second, dress professionally. Even if the office is business casual, you want to be a notch or two higher than everyone else. Third, when you are brought into the office, shake hands, wait to be directed to a seat and let the interviewer start the conversation. Though these job interview tips might sound elementary, you would be surprised at how few candidates, even for professional jobs, follow them.
More advanced job interview tips worth following include some advice on how to answer the inevitable questions that you're likely to be asked. Though the exact wording may change from interview to interview, every job interviewer is essentially wanting to know what you will be able to do for the company. If you get your experience, skills, interests and education history organized in your mind to answer this question satisfactorily, chances are you will be able to spontaneously answer whatever the interviewer asks you. There is an interviewing technique that many employers use called behavioral interviewing. In this technique, employers ask you to give examples of instances where you confronted a problem. Then they ask you how you handled it. The idea is to get a sense of how you behave, and how you're likely to behave in similar circumstances at the new company. To prepare for these questions, think of a couple of examples of how you solved difficult problems and be ready to talk about them when prompted.
Any good list of job interview tips includes doing enough research ahead of the interview to be able to ask an intelligent and fairly advanced question to the interviewer. In addition to showing your initiative, interest and intelligence, this provides a chance to get the interviewer talking, which provides more information for you to build your answers around as the interview continues. Remember, you are supposed to be explaining what you can do for the company. If you ask a question and the answer relates to what the company needs or wants, it's going to help your case to mention how you can meet those needs and wants.
Job interview tips to consider after the interview include writing notes about the interview right after it's over, and immediately following up with a thank you note to your interviewer. It can't hurt to add another follow-up later as well, say a week or two after the interview. Often the interview process takes a long time, and if you want to receive the job it's important to keep your name in the hiring manager's mind until his or her final decision. By politely and courteously reminding the hiring manager that you are interested, you make sure your name doesn't get lost in the shuffle of the other job candidates.
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