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

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In our last post, we started talking about the best approach to having a successful interview.

As we mentioned, there are plenty of tips out there when it comes to having a successful interview. And sometimes, sifting through all of them for the best ones can leave job seekers frustrated.

As such, we thought we would go ahead and help you sift through the tips in order to find ones that really help you land the job. On Tuesday, we gave you two. To round off that list, here are a few more. Take a look below:

  • Use specifics. Perhaps one of the most important tips that we think you should keep in mind is that you always need to use specifics when talking about your skills and experiences. That way, when it comes to referencing your resume, you are giving your interviewer a better idea of how you’ve executed those skills and characteristics in the past. This will hopefully show them how you can do the same or better in the job you are applying for.
  • Always relate back to them. No matter what you are talking about, you always need to keep in mind that what you say has to relate to the employer and/or position that you are applying for. Doing this can really make an impact on interview. Whether it has to do with your skills, work ethic, or specific examples, always relating answers back to the position and company will help to solidify why the interviewer should know that you are right for the job. 
  • Know where you stand. To end the interview on a high note, you need to make sure you know where you stand with your interviewer. While it may not always be clear that you’ve gotten the job, we think it is a good idea to close the interview with confidence and let your interviewer know how interested you are in the job and why you think you are right candidate. Doing so can leave a positive impression as well as possibly give you a better idea of where you stand with the interviewer. You never know—they might give you a good hint that you happen to be one of their top picks.

Have any tips you’d like to add our list? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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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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