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Free Job Interview Tips
Nimish Thakkar, MS, MBA, CCMC, CPRW, SaiCareers.com, New York

Free Job Interview Tips: Before the Interview

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Practice, practice, practice
The easiest way to improve your interviewing skills is through practice. Write down responses to common interview questions and practice repeatedly. Practice does make a person perfect, well, almost perfect. (A word of caution: donít confuse practice with memorizing.)

If possible, role-play the interview with friends, peers, or professionals capable of providing constructive feedback.

Research the company
Thoroughly research the company you will be interviewing with. Know everything possible, including financials, management, products, projects, industry trends, competition, etc. Our company research resources can help you with researching companies. If you personally know someone who has interviewed with the company, ask them for tips, sample questions, and suggestions.

Analyze the position (companyís requirements) and develop impressive responses
Conduct a thorough analysis of the positionís requirements. What are they looking for? What do you have to offer? (For a sample tabulation of the analysis, please visit our interviewing skills page.)

Think about stories and examples from your career that you could use to support your interview responses. Our CAR stories worksheet and interview scripts and sound bites will help you remember accomplishments, examples, and stories from your past jobs. Wherever possible, use lots of numbers and quantifiable accomplishments to support your answers.

Prepare for tough questions
Donít get caught off-guard. Are there any red flags? Any questions you feel uncomfortable answering? Try to prepare for questions that have historically made you nervous; you will feel relaxed knowing that you have taken care of the monsters.

Research salary norms
Research salary norms for your level, skills, industry, and background. Knowing your salary expectations can help.

Prepare a reference list
Prepare a list of 3-5 references before the interview; type this information on a reference list.

Free Job Interview Tips: Before the Interview

Carry basics
Make an effort to organize important documents, such as extra resumes, reference sheet, portfolios, copies of work authorization papers, reference letters, etc. Carry basics, such as a pen, pencil, etc. If possible, take networking cards to the interview.

Start early, drive slowly, reach safely
Arrive well ahead of time. Turn off cell phones, pagers, and any distraction that may interfere during the interview.

Rest well
Take plenty of rest before the interview; it helps.

Calm yourself
It is very natural to feel nervous so relax, take a few deep breaths, clear your mind of all the clutter, meditate Ö do whatever you can to calm yourself before the interview (oh, but please donít drink or smoke).

Dress appropriately
Formal business attire is generally the safest strategy for an interview. Check for spots, missing buttons, loose threads, etc. Check body and mouth odor. Professionalism always counts.

Avoid damp hands
A good strategy would be to wash your hands with cold water before an interview. This will avoid excessive perspiration.

Firm handshake
A firm handshake is an indication of a confident and assuring personality.

Next: Free Job Interview Tips - During The Interview

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