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Get that job with these Top 5 Interview Tips

Updated on January 6, 2012

Nail that Interview with these Top Tips

1. An updated resume. Make sure you have an up to date resume with you, that you can refer to when talking about certain positions. List all your relevant skills for this particular job on the CV, up front, in bullet point form so that it's easy to see and easy for you to refer to when talking about yourself. Your interviewer may well have your resume on hand, but by referring to it yourself you can remind yourself to mention vital points that are necessary for the job.

2. Role play. Script possible questions and answers before you go for the interview. Stand in front of your mirror and role play the interview questions. You may feel silly, but the easier the answers role off your tongue, the less stressful you'll find the interview process. You'll also be more confident and come across better. Jobsites are filled with possible interview questions to refer to and practice with.

3. Appearance. Look the part. This may sound logical but you'll be surprised at how many people rock up to interviews inappropriately dressed for the position. If you're applying for a job at an animal shelter, don't wear a suit. If you're applying for a job in finance, brush off that dress suit and demure heels, wear a touch of make-up, light nail polish and keep your hair neat and tidy. Look efficient, look capable and you're already half way there.

4. Enthusiasm. Don't be afraid to show you want the job. This is not a house buying process. You don't need to keep the agent in the dark until the last moment. Express your enthusiasm for the position and don't be shy. Employers want someone who is motivated and wants to work for them.

5. Ask Questions. Research the company before you go to the interview and make a list of possible questions to ask your interviewer. Don't forget you are also checking them out as a possible employer, so they must also meet your criterior. Asking intelligent and useful questions will raise your interviewer's opinion of you. Also you won't look as desperate as half the other interviewees, which will make you more appealing.

Good luck!


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    • DBridges80 profile image

      Darren Bridges 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some good points, check out my hubs for more Interview Tips and preparation guides to help with interviews :)

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      webcopyguru 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Nicole. Glad you thought so.

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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent tips! These are very helpful!