Top 10 Tips

Here are my top 10 tips for job searching and interviewing:

1.  Appearances DO matter!  Make sure you dress comfortably but also professionally.  Men should wear a suit, and women should wear a jacket and skirt set.  Women should also wear hose if she chooses to wear a skirt.  Shoes are important too, so you should make sure they are in good condition!

2.  If you have an interview over the phone, it is still important to dress up.  Even though the person doesn’t see you, it will help you feel more professional during the interview.

3.  Following up with people from the company is important!  Always send a handwritten thank you letter and an email after the interview. 

4.  Have a nice firm handshake!  Only shake hands with one hand though!  When you shake hands with both hands, it feels as if you are trying to hold onto the other person. 

5.  Keep your body language in  mind!  Eye contact is important, but be careful not to stare!  Make sure you have proper posture- Don’t slouch!  Sit straight and tall!  Stay focused!  Don’t click your pen or fidget with things around you.

6.  Be sure to turn off your cell phone!  If it does happen to ring, don’t make excuses for it!  Just apologize and continue with the interview.

7.  If you smoke cigarettes or live with someone who does, make sure your clothes do not smell like smoke when you go into your interview!  Many employers will take your health into consideration and also whether you’d want to take breaks to smoke.

8.  Make sure you research the company.  Know what their mission statement is, other job locations of the company, and anything else that might be important for you to consider about the job.  It would be better to know before if you would be willing to relocate or not if the job called for it.

9.  Be sure to ask any questions you have.  However, avoid self centered questions.  For example: how much they would pay you.

10.  Be confident and be yourself!

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Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 4:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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