Making a Good Impression: 5 Steps to Conquering Your Job Interview

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Making a Good Impression 5 Steps to Conquering Your Job InterviewAn article by contributor Meghan Belnap.

A successful job interview is the first step in landing the job of your dreams. The better you perform in that interview, the greater your chances are of getting an offer or at least a call back. Smart job hunters know that the interview starts with some simple preparation.

Practice Ahead of Time

Take the time to practice for your job interview before the date arrives. Have someone ask you a few questions to get a feel for how you want to respond and what you should say. The more comfortable you feel with those questions, the better you’ll do on the big day.

Be Positive

Far too many job seekers make the mistake of talking about problems they had on previous jobs or complaining about past employers. Negative talk can turn off employers and make them continue their search for qualified applicants. Try to be as upbeat and positive as possible during the interview.

Show Up On Time

Though it might seem simple, always show up on time and a few minutes early to your interview. You never know when you might encounter traffic on the way or an accident that brings the highway to a standstill. Employers want to know that you care about making a good first impression, which you can accomplish by showing up on time.

Dress for the Job You Want

Always dress for the job you want instead of the job that you currently have. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the job, which typically includes closed toe shoes, a long sleeve button up shirt and long pants or a skirt that falls to the knee. You’ll also want to keep jewelry to a minimum and wear accessories that won’t distract the interviewer. Lovely Jewelry Organizers let you organize your collection of jewelry and keep track of the pieces that are more appropriate for job interviews.

Ask Follow-up Questions

Never leave a job interview without asking at least two simple follow up questions. This shows that you researched the company ahead of time and that you have a real interest in the job at hand. You might ask about the chances for a promotion in the future or how well the company responds to feedback from employees. Asking the right questions ends the interview on a good note.

The only thing standing between you and the job of your dreams might be a simple interview. Preparing for your interview and dressing right are just two secrets of achieving success at your interview. Remember to have confidence in yourself and in your abilities. Don’t be afraid to let your interviewer know how much you want the position and how willing you are to fight for it with hard work and dedication.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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