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Six Easy Interview Tips

Updated on March 19, 2009

Here are six tips that should help make your interview process go a bit smoother and will leave a lasting impression.

I. Make sure that you dress well for a job interview. Believe it or not first impressions are everything. In general you want to make sure that your clothing has no stains, frays or rips. Gentlemen make sure that your pants are pulled up and not sagging. No one is interested in the color of your boxers. Ladies make sure the appropriate amount of skin is showing; too much cleavage or leg is not going to convey the right message.

II.Turn off your cell phone/PDA during the interview. You want your complete attention focused on the interview. There's nothing more rude than to have your phone switched on during an interview.

III. Create a portfolio. Having a portfolio that includes business cards, list of references, proof of education and samples of your work (if appropriate) conveys that you're professional, organized and confident.

IV. Don't be afraid to ask who you're interviewing with. Obtaining the name and title of your interviewer and making sure that you pronounce their name correctly is a good thing. There's nothing more embarrassing than getting the name of your interviewer wrong.

V. Prepare yourself by finding out where your interview is taking place. If time allows scout the place out at least the night before so that you know where you're going. You don't want to be late to your interview and if you are going to be late then be courteous and call the interviewer. You don't want to be more than 10 minutes early and if you are then wait outside.

VI. Sending a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview can improve your candidacy. Although email is acceptable hand written notes are still considered to be the classiest. This shows ettiquette and it's an opportunity to thank the interviewer fortheir time and the opportunity to meet.

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