If you are called for an interview the employer already knows you have the minimum qualifications for the job. Now they are going to concentrate on the most important aspects of a good employee-attitude, appearance, and communication skills. Below are some tips that may help you land that dream job.
Research the company and job description, before you go to the interview. You will then know exactly what the employer is looking for, and you will be prepared to answer their questions.
Practice interviewing before you go. It will increase your confidence.
Bring copies of your resume, portfolio and references.
Positive, enthusiastic attitude is a must!
Good hygiene, good grooming, and appropriate conservative attire create an immediate impression. Make sure yours is a positive impression.
Be on time for the interview. Get directions in advance and make a trial run before the interview.
Practice making a confident handshake.
Eye contact and good posture are important.
Listen carefully to the entire question before you begin to answer.
In your answers match your skills to the company’s needs.
Ask questions about the company and the job.
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer.
Send a thank you letter.
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Thank You Letter Tips:
One of the most effective ways to give you an edge over the competition is to send a thank you letter. A thank you letter should be sent to anyone who helps you in your job search, but it is essential to send a thank you letter immediately following a job interview.
Below are some tips to help you write a good thank you letter:
Use the same paper and font that is used for your resume. White, ivory, or off-white paper with a conservative 12 point type font is a good choice.
Check, double check, and triple check for spelling and/or grammatical errors.
Just like the cover letter, the thank you letter should be brief and to the point – one page, usually three paragraphs.
First Paragraph—Thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Remind them who you are, stating the date and the position you applied for.
Second Paragraph—This is the “I should have said” paragraph — restate your strengths and tell them the important things you forgot to mention during the interview.
Third Paragraph — The follow up. Again, thank the interviewer, and provide your phone number and the hours you can be reached should they want to contact you.
DON’T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR LETTER!!!!!!!