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4 Tips for a Successful Interview

October 5th 2016 by
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A new job can be a smart financial move. Getting that new job can be stressful.

If you’re looking to start a new job and have begun the application and interview process, there are few important things to know before you meet your potential employer.

1. Leave the Phone in the Car

Many employers say one of the major reasons they do not accept an applicant is when the applicant checks or answers their phone during the interview.  Be sure to turn your phone off and put it away long before the interview begins, ideally before you even enter the building.

2. Get There On Time

The next deal breaker is showing up late for an interview, especially if you don’t acknowledge it. Add extra time to get there in case you have to sit through traffic and/or get lost trying to find the building.  It is better to arrive early than late, but if you are going to be late, call the interviewer and explain why you will be late.  If you do not, showing up late shows that you have little regard for their schedule.

3. Bring What They Requested

You may also not get the job if you do not bring requested items with you for your interview such as your résumé, portfolio and references.  Not only is it important to remember to bring the items with you, you also need to be sure that you have enough copies for everyone you will be meeting with.  Or, if you have an online portfolio, bring your laptop or tablet with you so you are able to present the portfolio even if there is no internet connection.

4. Dress To Impress

A good idea may be to check the company’s dress code and dress a little more formally.  Even if the dress code is relaxed, it’s best to dress up in order to make a good impression.  Also, avoid speaking poorly of your past job and employer.  If you do, the interviewers could question your professionalism and attitude and prevent you from getting the job.  Although you may have to discuss your previous work-related challenges, do so in a respectful way and the interviewer will appreciate the professional attitude.

Do your best to land the job you desire.  Get your documents together and have a positive attitude!



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