Interview Tips - Ten Top Do's & Dont's for Winning Interviews

Written by Roger Clark

In this day and age it can become increasingly difficult to even get your foot inrepparttar door and get an interview; once you’ve accomplished that you will want to make sure you continue to put your best foot forward and nailrepparttar 141847 interview as well. Unfortunately, as great as their skills, experience and education are;repparttar 141848 interview is where many people lose a job opportunity to their competition. Understanding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in an interview are critical to receiving a job offer.

Tip # 1 Dress appropriately. If you don’t takerepparttar 141849 time and effort to wear appropriate clothing torepparttar 141850 interview, you will loserepparttar 141851 job before you even get a chance to explain why you arerepparttar 141852 best candidate. What you wear torepparttar 141853 interview will greatly depend uponrepparttar 141854 industry or field for which you are applying. Any office related position will require that you wear clothing that is no more casual than a button up shirt, slacks and tie for men and either a nice slacks/skirt and blouse combo for ladies or a dress/suit. Only under rare circumstances would you need to wear anything more casual and this generally includes fields such as transportation, construction, mechanics, etc. Additionally, clothing should be conservative and preferably reflect neutral tones. Avoid excessive jewelry. Don’t go overboard onrepparttar 141855 use of cologne or perfume. Many people suffer from allergies andrepparttar 141856 last thing you want to do is cause your prospective employer an allergy attack.

Tip #2 Go torepparttar 141857 interview alone. There is absolutely no reason for anyone else to attendrepparttar 141858 interview with you and this includes parents, children as well as spouses and significant others. If you are having a friend or relative drive you torepparttar 141859 interview, politely ask them to wait outside for you. If for some reason, you are unable to obtain childcare forrepparttar 141860 time of your interview, phone ahead and politely ask to reschedule. While this is notrepparttar 141861 best way to start off your relationship withrepparttar 141862 employer, it is a much better option than taking your child with you.

Tip #3 Pace your conversation duringrepparttar 141863 interview. There is a fine line between not talking enough and talking too much. Answer questions directly, elaborate when necessary but don’t ramble.

After Your Interview - What Must You Do Next?

Written by Roger Clark

Other than actually landingrepparttar interview itself and living through it, waiting afterrepparttar 141846 interview and wondering whether you will get a phone call or a rejection letter can be one ofrepparttar 141847 most difficult aspects of searching for a job. What you do afterrepparttar 141848 interview should actually start while you are still ‘working’repparttar 141849 interview.

Prior to leaving make sure that you have notedrepparttar 141850 name ofrepparttar 141851 person or persons who interviewed you. This will come in handy later for a number of purposes. Also, do make sure that you shake hands once again with your interviewer and thank them for takingrepparttar 141852 time to meet with you. Also, it’s not out of line to ask when they expect to be making a decision. This gives you a timeline to go by.

Always be sure to send a thank-you letter. This practice not only demonstrates good social etiquette but it also helps to keep you and your skills fresh inrepparttar 141853 mind ofrepparttar 141854 interviewer. On some occasions an interviewer already has an idea byrepparttar 141855 timerepparttar 141856 interviews are completed who they will be calling to offerrepparttar 141857 job; however on many more occasions they still remain unsure who will be awarded that coveted slot. Sometimes they want a little time to ‘sleep’ onrepparttar 141858 decision or they may need to consult supervisors or others within their organization regardingrepparttar 141859 hiring decision. If a decision has not already been reached inrepparttar 141860 mind ofrepparttar 141861 employer when all ofrepparttar 141862 interviews have been completed, takingrepparttar 141863 time to send a thank-you letter can go a long way toward making sure you don’t get lost inrepparttar 141864 shuffle.

While it’s a good idea to send a polite thank you note torepparttar 141865 person who interviewed you it is not a good idea to pester that person to no end. The only result you are likely to achieve through this strategy is alienating yourself from them and assuring that you won’t getrepparttar 141866 job. Although ‘don’t take no for an answer’ is a strategy that many aggressive job coaches recommend; it is still always best to observe polite social standards.

That is not to say that you should sit byrepparttar 141867 phone and allow several weeks to elapse, waiting, while you hear nothing and do nothing. Ideally, your thank you letter should have gone outrepparttar 141868 same day asrepparttar 141869 interview, no later thanrepparttar 141870 following day. This means thatrepparttar 141871 interviewer should receive it within one to two days followingrepparttar 141872 initial interview.

Keep track of whenrepparttar 141873 employer indicated a decision would be made and if that time has come and gone, it is perfectly permissible to go ahead and phone them. However; when you do makerepparttar 141874 call, be polite. State your name,repparttar 141875 date you interviewed andrepparttar 141876 position for which you interviewed. You may say that you are following up to inquire as to whether a decision has been made.

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