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Overview October 02, 2018 Can you name five things you can do to really shine in an interview? What about five things you should not do? On top of knowing what you should and shouldn’t do, you need to know the sorts of answers employers want to hear when they interview job candidates. The bottom line is you must be sure you can demonstrate you have what it takes, not just through what you say, but by what you do in an interview. Whether you have never had a job interview or gone through dozens (or more!), you can always find ways to improve your interviewing skills. Improvement starts with focusing on the verbal and nonverbal ways you communicate to employers what you have to offer. An interview doesn’t end once you leave the company’s door, though. How you follow up after the interview can also help determine whether you’re the person offered the position. How ready are you to put your interviewing skills to the test? Introduction October 02, 2018 Today is the big day: Selena is interviewing for a position as an assistant buyer for a major sports apparel retailer. She has prepared the best she can, researching the company, the industry, the job position, and the people who will be interviewing her. She has also practiced interviewing with her school’s career services center and received some good advice. Although she is nervous, she feels as ready as possible. She walks inside the company’s lobby, takes a deep breath, and prepares to prove she is the right candidate for the job. Giving a Great Interview and the Career Search Process October 02, 2018 Have you ever had a job interview? Most people feel a mix of anticipation, nervousness, and hope as they walk through the company’s door. They might think, “Will I answer the questions in the best way possible?” “Will I make a good impression?” “Will I be able to prove I can do the job and do it well?” or “Oh please, please let me get this job.” An interview is the culmination of all the work you have done on your career search path so far. How you perform in an interview often means the difference between getting offered a job and continuing your job search. Therefore, giving a great interview is a vital step in the career search process. The first step in giving a great interview is making a good first impression. Good First Impression October 02, 2018 Smile and Make Eye Contact You want to connect with your interviewer in a friendly way that shows you have a positive attitude and are happy to be interviewing with the company. Consider the opposite: What impression would you give if you didn’t smile or make eye contact? Smiling may also help to calm your nerves.
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Shake Hands/Introduce Yourself A firm handshake and a friendly introduction will immediately signal confidence and professionalism to your interviewer.
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