Creating a great first impression is key in your interview.
Arrive a few minutes early for your interview. Check in with the receptionist or designated employee and find the appropriate waiting area. If it is an on-site interview, take time to observe the organizational environment to provide you with insights not found in your research.
The interviewer will typically greet you and initiate introductions. The impressions you make in the first few minutes are very important. In addition to what you say, the interviewer will note your appearance, dress, and non-verbal expressions and gestures. Dress in professional attire appropriate to the organization. By dressing on the conservative side, you may be assured that your image will communicate professionalism.
The Actual Interview: Showcasing Your Qualifications
After testing and refining your answers to practice questions, you should be prepared for the actual interview. Highlighting your skills as they relate to the organization's position should be your main objective.
Questions may be asked in a variety of ways. Some interviewers may primarily ask structured questions, such as, "What three things are important for you to have in a position?" Others may ask more open-ended questions like, "Tell me about yourself." You should be prepared to answer both types of questions.
Be careful to answer in compete sentences and do not use unnecessary jargan. As in dress, err on the side of more formal responses over colloquial language.
If you've done your research and practiced your responses, relax! You will let your personality and skills shine if you are able to take comfort in your preparation.
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