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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.


Listen
Listen

  • 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.


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