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Job Interview Skills. 10 Tips to Help You Land That Job. Preparing to find a job. During March we will be exploring careers. 7 th grade will go on a Job Shadow 8 th grade will have Career Day 9 th grade will have Reality Town

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job interview skills

Job Interview Skills

10 Tips to Help You Land That Job

preparing to find a job
Preparing to find a job
  • During March we will be exploring careers.
    • 7th grade will go on a Job Shadow
    • 8th grade will have Career Day
    • 9th grade will have Reality Town

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a first impression.

practice good non verbal communication
Practice good non-verbal communication
  • It’s about demonstrating confidence:
    • Stand up straight
    • Make eye contact
    • Connect with a firm handshake

The first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning- or quick ending- to your interview.

dress for the job or company
Dress for the job or company
  • It is important to know what to wear to an interview and be well groomed.
    • If possible, find out about the company dress code before your interview.
    • Best dress helps make a good impression.
    • Clean appearance and groomed hair are just as important as how you dress.
  • Your interviewer is giving you information about the job and company. Pay attention so you don’t miss a major opportunity.
  • You may find something you

can ask about later when

you are asked if you

have any questions about

the job or company.

don t talk too much
Don’t talk too much
  • Saying too much could be a big mistake. Prepare your thoughts before your interview so you don’t ramble when answering interview questions.
  • Prepare by reading the job posting and matching your skills to the job requirements. Stick to that information.
don t be too familiar
Don’t be too familiar
  • The interview is a professional meeting, not an opportunity to make a new friend. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and ask questions, but don’t overstep your place as a candidate for a position.
use appropriate language
Use appropriate language
  • You should always use professional language during the interview.
  • Avoid inappropriate slang words or references to race, religion, or politics. These topics or swearing could send you out the door very quickly.
don t be overconfident
Don’t be overconfident
  • Attitude plays a key roll in your interview success.
  • There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism, and modesty.
  • Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being reserved.
answer questions carefully
Answer questions carefully
  • When an interviewer asks for an example of a time when you did something, they are looking for a sample of your past behavior.
  • If you fail to relate a specific example, you are missing an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills. You also fail to answer the question.
ask questions
Ask questions
  • When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer!
  • Ask questions that show interest in the job or company.
  • This is also a time to find out if this is the right job for you.
  • The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for more information.
don t appear desperate
Don’t appear desperate
  • Avoid giving the “Please, please hire me” approach which will make you seem less confident.
  • Remember the three C’s of interviewing:
    • Cool
    • Calm
    • Confident
  • You know you can do the job, make sure your interviewer believes you can, too.