Job Seekers: Key Tips to Having a Successful Interview (Part I)

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When it comes to interviews, there are plenty of tips out there, from what to wear, to what to say (and how to say it), to even how to do the right handshake.

It can be pretty daunting to have to sift through all of these tips in order to find the ones that will really get you on the right track to what you really want: landing the job.

That is why throughout this week, we thought we would do the work for you and take a moment to show you job seekers the top key tips to having a successful interview.

For today, we’ll start you off with just a few. Take a look below:

  • Make your resume company-specific. Your resume is most likely the first thing an employer is going to see, so you need to make it stand out. One way to do that is by making sure that how you put together your resume reflects the needs and wants of the company you are sending it to.

    Take a look at the position and company culture you want and match your strengths, characteristics and skills to them. While it might seem annoying to constantly be changing your resume–especially when you are a applying to a quite a few places–the chances that you resume will stand out will be greater. This is also a great opportunity to really familiarize yourself with the company and its culture, which will help a lot come interview time.

  • Dress the part. Take a look through a number of lists on interviewing tips and you are bound to find that a majority of them will include “dress professional” or “wear business formal” (i.e. suit and tie). Unfortunately, however, these kind of tips don’t really cover the whole gamut of how to dress during interviews.

    What these lists do not tell you is that you should actually “dress the part.” What we mean by that is that you should also dress with the company in mind. For example, take a look at their company culture or perhaps find an insider and get the scoop on what their dress code entails. If the company doesn’t require its employees to suit up, then you shouldn’t worry as much about putting on a suit. Doing so can really help you nail down what the company culture is like and possibly show that you’ve taken the time to see what the company is all about.

    One note: if you aren’t entirely sure about the dress code, then it’s best to assume that you should show up in business formal attire just to be on the safe side.

Check back on Thursday to see the rest of our list. In the meantime, check in with us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know of any great tips you have for job seekers looking to have a successful interview!

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