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Interview Tricks

Interviewing for a new job can be a bit intimidating. After all, it’s not something that you do every day. Most people who interview for a job are either recent grads that are looking to get their first real work experience, or they’re already experienced workers who have been with the same company for a long time and are ready to move on to something new. Here are some helpful tips to help you make a better impression and get you into the door to your new career.

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Preparing for the interview

Prepare your portfolio and resume ahead of time and practice using it so that you know where everything is located

Do your research on the company and the position that you’re interviewing for

Practice your answers but don’t make the sound rehearsed just focus on hitting the main points

Dress professionally and make sure you are well groomed

Bring any materials you may need including a business card, resume, and portfolio

Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil so that you can take notes or jot down questions

Be on time and allow for extra travel time in case you get lost or run into traffic

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Make a good first impression with a nice, firm handshake

Be friendly, polite, and remember to smile

Display confidence through body language, don’t slouch in your chair or look down when you’re speaking

Speak loudly and enunciate when giving your answers

Always try to frame your answers in a way so that they relate to the job and why you’re the best candidate for it

Be honest- it’s better to turn down a job you’re not a good match for than to try to fake it until you make it

Prepare yourself for curveball questions you didn’t train for- take time to answer them

Ask for some time to think if you need a second to formulate your thoughts

If you are unsure of what the interviewer is asking you, politely request a more detailed explanation.

After the interview

Thank the interviewer for their time

Give the interviewer samples of your work if you have copies for them to keep (also called takeaways)