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Posted February 25, 2016 by

10 interview guidelines

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Lisa Smith, guest writer

The interview is the most crucial period to secure a career that will better your life. For job seekers going on their very first interviews, the thoughts would sound limitless to end-up a big “YES” from the hiring manager. Impressing the interviewer should be their target within the short amount of time. There are certain things which can turn out pretty well for candidates in professional interactions apart from their resume templates: The way candidates present themselves, the way they align the entire narration, and the way they speak confidently with the hiring manager right from the beginning til the end.

Before starting interview preparation, candidates need to list a few things that will increase the chances of their selection.

1. Body language: Have better control over your body. Don’t keep pursed lips and give eyebrow gestures.

2. Greet the interviewer: Utilize the opportunity to express friendly greetings to the interviewer after entering into his/her office.

3. Excel in self introduction: Plan how to introduce yourself to the interviewer with no space for fog horns. Ensure interconnectivity for every preceding sentence.

4. Be thorough with the job role: Be aware of the job roles and responsibilities before the interview. Depending upon an employer’s requirement, prepare the desired skills and highlight the same in an interview.

5. Short & sweet conversation: Make your answers brief rather than detailing every minor thing.

6. Limit personal information: If needed, outline your personal information, but don’t prolong this as a main part of the conversation.

7. Be frank: Never try to answer the question in an untruthful way. If you know the answer, say it.

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8. Have an answer for every query: Be prepared to ace the 5 W’s and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) questions in an interview because every organization needs consistent candidates to serve with them in the long run.

9. Speak fluently: Avoid grammatical mistakes. Never let the nervousness get recognized in your voice. Job candidates’ voices can decide how confident they are with their skills.

10. After completion of the interview: Few interviewers may ask candidates’ expectations from their end. At this moment, be very polite to convey your views in a professional manner. “Career growth” could be among the best answers to date.
Finally, job candidates should be themselves to answer every question without sensing a nudge.

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Lisa Smith is a designer by profession but has a love for creativity and also enjoys writing articles for almost all topics. Career, web, social media and self-improvement are her favorite topics. Apart from this, she is also a great animal lover and loves to volunteer for a few rescue centers.

Posted August 20, 2014 by

Five Must-Have Skills For Graduates Looking For A Corporate Job

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Finishing graduation. Starry-eyed and ambitious. With dreams of making it big in life. Does this sound like you? Are you hoping to pave your way and establish yourself in this extremely competitive corporate world? It is great to have dreams, the attitude and the qualifications. In fact, you may have a paper perfect resumé, but it need not necessarily ensure that you get the dream job. (more…)

Posted August 01, 2014 by

7 “Secrets” to Jumpstart Your Job Interview

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

If you’re serious about getting the job you want, you must play an active part in jumpstarting the interview. The following seven secret strategies will help you do that.

Secret #1: Polish Your Resume
Make no mistake about the importance of presenting a clean, clearly written resume that is spell-checked and proofread. Read it again. Review it again. Repeat the process again. And if you know someone with good editing skills, ask him or her to take a final look. (more…)

Posted May 30, 2014 by

Writing Cover Letters for Entry Level Jobs? 6 Tips to Stand Out from the Crowd

When writing cover letters for entry level jobs, how can you capture the reader’s attention?  If you want your letter(s) to stand out from other job seekers, check out these six tips in the following post.

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Posted April 28, 2014 by

What’s inside an interviewer’s mind?

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As a fresh graduate you may falsely assume that it is your qualifications that can get you through a job interview.  However, your qualifications can only lead you to an interview call. The rest of it depends on your ability to effectively articulate your credentials and potential contributions. The way you deliver your message has an immense importance in an interview. Besides, it’s important for you to be a mind reader. You must know the expectations of an interviewer so that you can meet them.  Make sure you have a good look at these six eye openers before you go for your next interview. (more…)

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Do You Have a Phone Interview Coming Up? Things You Need to Remember

If you are an internship finder with a phone interview coming up, the following post has some things for you to keep in mind for success.

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