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Useful Interview Tips When Applying For A New Position

Author Byline:  D. Lawton
Author Website:Career Connected

Securing a new job in today's market is not always easy. Being granted an interview is the first step. Although applying for a new position may be stressful, these interview tips will hopefully help you achieve a new position.

While some interviews are conducted over the telephone, most are face to face. First impressions are important. If you are offered the position, you may be wearing casual clothes to work. However you should take pains to dress really well for a first meeting with a prospective employer. In most instances, a suit and tie will not be out of place and will tell people that you are serious about being employed. Wear a freshly ironed shirt and clean shoes.

Women should dress appropriately too. Do not wear short skirts or low tops. Conservative establishments may like women employees to wear jackets and skirts rather than trousers. Jewelry should be discreet. Wear light make-up.

Being late for such an appointment is highly likely to ruin your chances of employment. Double check the day and date, particularly if you have more than one interview lined up. If you are using public transport, check out the length of the journey well ahead and be sure to allow enough time. If possible travel the route beforehand. Have a contact number on hand so that, if you are delayed, you will be able to contact the company.

If driving, allow yourself plenty of time. Check that you will be able to find parking nearby. Take some coins for the parking metre if you think you might need to pay for parking. Aim to arrive ten minutes early.

Be courteous to the receptionist. Although they won't be conducting the interview, they may still be asked for their opinion of you. Memorize beforehand any names you have been given. When introduced to a person, make an effort to memorize their name so you are not embarrassed later.

When you meet the interviewer, thank them for the opportunity to be considered for the position. Good manners still rate highly with most employers. At the end of your meeting, thank them again for seeing you and for giving you the chance to present your qualifications. Shake hands firmly, smile and look people in the eye.

Be sure to take any necessary documents with you. If you have been applying for a number of positions and have been using different resumes, read through the one you are using on the day so that you are conversant with it. Let your referees know that they may be called on to speak for you.

Do some research on the company that is interviewing you. If they have a website read it thoroughly. Learn a little more about their industry if you don't know much about it. Try to preempt questions that they might ask and prepare answers to these. Employers often ask interviewees if they have any questions so have something prepared.

Although it can be a stressful time, you have been chosen as a prospective employee so try to relax a little. Take a deep breath if you find yourself becoming tense. With these interview tips, you will be able to position yourself for the best outcome.


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