15 Step Guide to Cracking any Job Interview

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Research the company’s background.

Interviewers often ask applicants what they know about the company. Find out who its major competitors are and the position you’re being offered. With a little preparation you can answer confidently.
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Employers might want to pay the lowest salary they can get away. Given the large pool of unemployed job-hunters out there, they can get away with a lot too. Still, that’s only true sometimes.

If you’re looking for a job, you must research salaries before heading into an interview.
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Dress appropriately and wear clothing that fits well and is comfortable too.

Wear a suit in a corporate interview. For less conservative environments, a nice shirt works well for both men and women. Women can also wear a skirt and blouse or a formal dress. Dress to fit into the setting, not stand out in it.
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Never keep an interviewer waiting. Arrive at your interview location early.

Find out the exact location ahead of time. There should be no surprises. Call ahead to confirm the directions, if necessary. Bring several copies of your resume, and any documentation you need, or notes you want to refer to.
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If you have to wait for the interview after you arrive at the location, wait actively.

Strike up a conversation with the receptionist about the company, browse through your resume and ponder over potential interview questions while you wait.
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Let the interviewer know you are pleased to be offered the opportunity. Don't get carried away with small talk. First impressions matter.
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Greet with confidence. Offer a firm handshake; maintain good eye contact, and a pleasant smile.
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Bring several copies of your resume, and any documentation you need, or notes you want to refer to.

Avoid any last minute hassles.
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Provide a brief synopsis about what you have done professionally, and what has led you to apply for the job.

Don’t share personal information like marital status, or what your age is when asked to introduce yourself.
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Listen carefully to what is being asked and confirm the question, if necessary and answer with poise.

Pause briefly before answering to avoid saying something unintentionally. Use positive language and be careful of your tone
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Be confident. Refrain from drawing attention to qualities that may turn potential employers off.

Be prepared to ask the interviewer a few questions for your own information and to show interest.
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If you were fired from your last job or quit, and are asked why you left or were fired, answer tactfully, highlighting any positive aspects.
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The last thing an interviewer wants is a disinterested candidate.

Ask questions, appear interested in the company and your job profile.
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That way you come across as interested and excited at the prospect of joining the company.

Employers love interest, and appreciate positivity and optimism.
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Another firm handshake, greet, and step out. Like a Boss!
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