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The only tips you will need for a successful interview!

​Going for an Interview can be daunting enough without working full time and having little time to prepare for the interview.So I have included the top 6 things I think you should do when preparing for an interview and once you are in the Interview:1. Research the organization.This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.·        Seek background information.·         Look at the interviewee on LinkedIn and find an in with them on either their hobbies or background so you can build a rapport with them from the start of the meetingo    Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.o    Assess their products, services and client-base.o    Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.·         Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.·         Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.·         Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.3. Plan what to wear.·         Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-coloured suit and professional shoes, is best.·         If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.·         Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.·         Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.4. Plan what to bring.·         Extra copies of your resume on quality paper·         A notepad and pen·         A list of references·         A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant ( a Brag File of your achievements)5. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.·         Nonverbal communication speaks volumes. ·         Remember that waiting room behaviours may be reported.·         Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.·         Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.·         Don't stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer's questions.·         Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.​6.Follow up.Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?” ·        Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today's meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions.·         Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.o    In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?o    What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?o    Tell me about the organization’s culture.o    How will my performance be evaluated?o    What are the opportunities for advancement?o    What are the next steps in the hiring process?

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​Going for an Interview can be daunting enough without working full time and having little time to prepare for the interview.

So I have included the top 6 things I think you should do when preparing for an interview and once you are in the Interview:

1. Research the organization.

This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.

·        Seek background information.

·         Look at the interviewee on LinkedIn and find an in with them on either their hobbies or background so you can build a rapport with them from the start of the meeting

o    Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.

o    Assess their products, services and client-base.

o    Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.

·         Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.

·         Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.

·         Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.

3. Plan what to wear.

·         Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-coloured suit and professional shoes, is best.

·         If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.

·         Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.

·         Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.

4. Plan what to bring.

·         Extra copies of your resume on quality paper

·         A notepad and pen

·         A list of references

·         A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant ( a Brag File of your achievements)

5. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.

·         Nonverbal communication speaks volumes. 

·         Remember that waiting room behaviours may be reported.

·         Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.

·         Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.

·         Don't stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer's questions.

·         Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.

6.Follow up.

Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?” 

·        Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today's meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions.

·         Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.

o    In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?

o    What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?

o    Tell me about the organization’s culture.

o    How will my performance be evaluated?

o    What are the opportunities for advancement?

o    What are the next steps in the hiring process?

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