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Ask Your Own Questions

Okay, you have made it to the end of your interview and the interviewer says it is now your turn. They want to know if you have any questions for them. And most likely you do: How did I do and Are you going to hire me - unfortunately you can't ask either one. But there are ... points. Ask questions that are important to you as well, if vacation time and benefits are a deal breaker for you, find out now what the company has to offer.

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Be Confident in a Job Interview

Who isn't nervous during a job interview? Even the most self-assured candidate is going to have a moment or two of self-doubt. But the trick is to keep this to yourself and portray an image of confidence. This is what a potential employer wants to see if you are not confident in ... family members to remind you of all of your great traits and what makes you special - an ego boost before an interview can certainly boost your confidence level.

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Be Honest in Job Interviews

There is a difference between telling a story highlighting the positive to make you sound better and lying to the interviewer. It is rare for a company to not conduct reference check these days so don't say anything that can not be verified by your boss or other references that you provide. There ... to highlight your talents and work history in the best possible way. Don't claim or state anything that cannot be backed up by your references.

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Be Specific when Answering Questions

Sometimes - or more like every time - you go for an interview, your nerves make it hard to concentrate and answer questions to the best of your ability. The important thing to remember is to really listen to the questions being asked. If the interviewer tells you they want a ... even hire you. By answering situational questions specifically you can assure the interviewer you have the skills and thought processes that they are looking for.

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Be Thorough but to the Point

If you love to talk and when you are nervous can go on and on, or if you are the opposite and clam up when you are in a stressful situation - you need to be conscious of this and not do either in an interview. When asked a question, an interview wants enough information that ... thorough information without living the interviewer wanting more. But if you are in doubt, less is better - an interviewer will ask follow-up questions if necessary.

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Bring Doubles of Everything to an Interview

In addition to a list of questions you want to ask and a pen and notepad you should also bring duplicate copies of anything else that you may need to provide to the interviewer. When booking the interview, ask if there is anything specific you should bring with you (normally references is the only ... you, if you do not think you can obtain them in the timeframe given be sure to let the person know before you arrive for the interview.

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Don’t be Late for an Interview

This may seem obvious, but it happens way too often. No matter the reason, there is no excuse for it (besides an injury or family emergency and then kudos for you for showing up). Getting lost, bad traffic, or losing track of time doesn't matter to an interviewer. They are taking time away ... book another appointment right away. And if you are lucky enough to get a second chance, follow the tips above to arrive not only on time, but early.

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Don’t Make Assumptions

This is a good piece of advice to follow in life, but it also has a special place in an interview setting. You want to be viewed as someone who understands what is necessary and can deliver the expected results - more than just in the interview room - and making assumptions will not ... received a job offer. Make the best impression you have and keep the mindset that you are still competing for the job and sell yourself accordingly.

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Enthusiasm in a Job Interview

Are you excited at the prospect of getting a new job and are thrilled that you were called in for an interview? Well, then show it when you are being interviewed! Bring an energy and attitude to the interview that will make the company take notice. The process of interviewing is usual a long and boring ... you instead of for you. If you are naturally bubbly by nature, tone it down a bit for the interview so you do not overwhelm your hosts.

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Etiquette Rules during Job Interviews

During an interview you need to mind your manners and follow an unspoken code of etiquette. This is more than your mom's keep your elbows off the table. Business manners are going to be key, an interview is so much more than what you have to say - it is how you present (or sell) yourself. ... are just learning their name, repeat it and remember it. You want to be sure to get it right and thank them for their time when you are leaving.

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Explaining Gaps in Employment

When you get to the interview, be prepared to discuss your resume. In addition to explaining why you left previous companies and chit chat about the position, if you have any gaps in employment be prepared to explain them. Many people are scared that an interviewer is going to ... best explanation for times of unemployment so an interviewer sees it as reasonable or even beneficial to them in the case of additional education and classes.

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How Not to Obsess after a Job Interview

The interview is over and you can't help but sigh with relief. You made it through and it wasn't as bad as you thought it would (or maybe it was, but hey it was a good experience). Now, you might think you are in the clear and all you have to do is wait. While it is ... the job use it as a learning experience. If there were questions you wished you would have answered differently at least you know that now for the next interview you attend.

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How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions

Each interview has at least one, a question that you really don't know the best way to answer. It is the one that you agonize over for days and keep going over it and over it in your head and you ask others how they would have answered. There is not way to avoid these types of questions but you ... is broken into parts, break it down into, don't try and answer it all at once - you can always ask for parts of the question to be repeated.

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How to Thank an Interviewer

You may think that it is best to follow-up with an interviewer to thank them for their time and keep your name in the forefront of their mind. While this may have that affect on them, it may not be in the positive way you are looking for. An interviewer takes time out of their regular job ... open doors for you in the future. If there are openings in the company at a later time, the interviewer may remember you and think of you before others.

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If you Get Stumped by a Question

You can prepare for an interview until you are blue in the face and still get stumped on a question during the process. It is okay, it happens to a lot of people. Some questions come out of left field, sometimes you draw a blank, and others - you really don't know what to say. Here is a brief run ... what they mean can guide you in what you should say. If you take a shot in the dark, you might provide what they want - but why take the chance?

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Know what Your References are Going to Say about You

Before attending an interview, you should have your references lined-up and ready to provide to the interviewer when asked. More than just writing down names and phone numbers of previous employers and bosses, you need to do additional preparation. Finding out how a former employer views you and your ... But if you have made it through the interview process, a reference would have to go quite badly for it to affect a possible job offer.

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Make a Connection

Depending on how popular or sought after the job you are interviewing for is you will have a lot of competition for a few positions. A stellar interview is crucial to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. To give yourself an added edge and cement yourself in your interviewer's mind, try to make ... don't feel that you must go out of your way to do so. At the end of the day, your qualifications are what you should be highlighting.

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Pauses and Silences are Okay

There are going to be a lot of periods during an interview when there are going to be pauses in conversation or flat out silence. This can be initiated by you or the interviewer and in most cases either is not an indicator that something is amiss. You can ask for a moment to think of an ... to give you an indication of how you are doing during the interview and are trained to be neutral when responding to answers, if the respond at all.

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Poor Working Relationship with your Boss

It may be the reason you are looking for another job in the first place - you and your current boss do not work well together. And good for you for taking charge of the situation to find something that is a better fit for you. But how do you approach this situation so it will not ... If you aren't comfortable with this, try and find another manager that you have worked for in the company previously that you can pass on as a reference.

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Preparing for a Job Interview

It is completely natural to feel nervous before a job interview but you can minimize pre- interview jitters with some preparation. Hopefully you have completed initial research on the company you applied for before being called in for an interview but you are going to need to do more. You will ... typical interview (what are your strengths and weaknesses) don't let them come as a surprise to you - practice so you can answer with confidence.

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Procedural Questions

Procedures are a part of life, especially in the working world. Each company has their own set of policies and rules that they expect their employees to follow. An interviewer is going to ask questions to determine if you would do things they way they want (for instance making a sale or ... you have done your research on the company prior to the interview you should have a good idea of how they handle customers and sales in general.

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Put a Positive Spin on Everything

A potential employer wants to hire people with a positive attitude. You should project this image in your demeanor, facial expressions, and most importantly in the content of your answers. You may be the strongest candidate that the interviewer has seen but you still will not get the job if you are ... Be the kind of person that people want to hire, realistic with an attitude of getting along with others and the ability to get a job done.

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Responding to Taboo Questions

Not all interview questions are acceptable. There are certain topics that should not be brought up and information that a potential employer has no right asking for. Some of these questions are not legal and others while legal may leave you feeling uncomfortable. You do not have to answer ... typically done by a doctor or other medical professional who will give you clearance. You do not have to provide details to the interviewer.

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The Panel Interview

An interview is stressful; you are on display and have to sell yourself as the best candidate for a position in a company. The only thing worse than an interview is the panel interview - when two or more people are asking you questions and watching your every move. This situation may not ... company, an expenditure of money in the form of salaries; you are there because you have a chance at the position so take advantage of the opportunity.

by GreedyPig
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What to Wear to a Job Interview

Possibly even more stressful than the questions you are going to have to answer, you are going to have to find the perfect outfit to wear to a job interview. You want to look professional and like you are going to fit in with the company. A good rule of thumb for men is that you can' ... dealing with the company's customers face-to-face. The company will want to hire employees who are going to represent the company in the best possible light.

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