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    A good answer to the 'What are your strengths?' question would be how you enjoy new challenges and tackle them in an organized manner.

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    Prepare beforehand and research the company, the people, the culture, etc. Be prepared to match your skills and background to the company's needs.

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    Don't forget to turn off your cell phone.

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    Don't be afraid to ask your interviewer questions about the company, culture and job position. It shows interest.

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    Dress appropriately for the interview based on the job title and wear something you feel confident in.

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    Think before you speak. Think about what the interviewer most likely wants to hear and tailor your responses to that without seeming fake.

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    Know the answers to tough general questions like 'Describe yourself', 'What are your strong points' beforehand.

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    Do NOT be late. That is an instant fail and you will not get the job. Instead arrive a little early and show that you value their time.

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  • 9

    Try to stay positive throughout the interview. If you don't know an answer or have the right skillset try to put a positive spin on it.

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    It is best to respond to questions with specific points and examples. Vague or general answers come across negatively.

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    Follow up an interview when possible. Express gratitude for their time and continued interest in the position.

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    Before you go in for an interview make sure your Facebook profile is set to private so employers don't snoop.

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    Less is more sometimes. Don't make jokes, don't flirt, don't babble, watch out for your own nervous mannerisms like tapping your knees, etc.

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    Bring in a few copies of your resume with you in case your interviewer does not have yours handy.

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    'Tell me about yourself' really means 'tell me about your job skills and career so far' more than 'tell me about your personal life.'

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    Be careful about giving the impression that you are planning to 'use' the company when they ask you where you see yourself in the future.

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    Establishing rapport with the interviewer is important so expect to spend a little time doing so.

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    Be able to summarize your resume to the interviewer in about 30 seconds in case they haven't had time to prepare for you.

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    Interviewers may try to throw you off balance by asking a wild question. Don't panic, they just want to see you think on your feet.

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    Maintain eye contact but don't stare. Eye contact communicates to the interviewer that you are interested in the position.

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    Have a detailed description of your past employment history ready and be prepared to answer questions about it.

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    Be wary of giving past salary figures to prospective employers or you could lose out on a nicer salary for the same job. Research your salary!

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    A good answer to the 'What are your weaknesses?' question would be that you have trouble leaving the office behind when you go home in the evenings.

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    A couple good questions to ask are "What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?" and "How do you see the future for this industry?"

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    If you interview with the right skills and experience and simply come across as nice, smart and fun you'll nail it.

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    Consider yourself a problem solver when going in for an interview and not a job seeker.

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    Saying that your greatest weakness is that you "work too hard" can set off warning bells to a hiring manager as it sounds like a cliche.

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    When appropriate ask the interviewer about their own career progression to see how you might progress yourself within the company.

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    If you tell the interviewer you'll send a list of references tomorrow morning, make sure you do it. Being punctual speaks volumes about you.

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    If you know someone who knows the interviewer, ask them after your interview if they would put in a good word for you.

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    If you were layed off or fired at your last job and the interviewer inquires, be honest and keep it short and professional.

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    In group interviews try to relax. Know you can't always please everyone so be yourself and find the interviewers that seem the most responsive to you.

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    Try to show a youthful impression of yourself if you're older. Have white teeth, know the popular Internet sites well, brush up on culture, etc.

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    Try not to volunteer negative information unless you can control it and know if you will be asked about it.

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    Learn as much as possible about your potential employer before going in for an interview.

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    If you make a mistake or feel like you've made a mistake during an interview then apologize if necessary and completely forget about it.

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    If there's a long pause by the hiring manager after you answer your question know that it might be a tactic by them to see if you start babbling.

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    Sit up straight and lean forward just a bit to communicate interest in the position.

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    Don't ask salary questions too early in the process. Don't ask questions about the company that you can find easily online.

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    If you have a low GPA it may be best to leave it off your resume. The same may go for too high a GPA depending on the job!

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    In case employers call your phone make sure that your voice mail works and sounds professional enough.

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    Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions.

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    Identify your accomplishments before you go on an interview.

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    Dont let your guard down. No matter how friendly the interviewer is, you must always remember that s/he is not your friend.

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    Answer the interviewers questions in a direct and concise manner.

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    Always come with examples. If you cannot explain why or how you are what you say you are, the interviewer will not take you seriously.

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    Most people hire others based on whether they like a person and by whether the person is like them. Like and likeness.

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    Rent a nice car if you don't have one already and try to get it noticed when you drive in/out of the interview. Make sure it fits your image.

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    Make sure you smile!

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    Get to know yourself. Create an online portfolio, thePortfolium.com, after you will feel more confident in your abilities & have examples ready to go