1. Listen. The interview will likely start with your interviewer(s) describing the job, the company, and possibly the type of person they are looking for, corporate culture, or other facts. Listen attentively, sit up with straight but non-threatening posture, and remain silent until you are invited to speak or it is obviously time to say something. Beyond obtaining potentially valuable data that can help you frame your comments and answers, this also demonstrates you are a good listener, a prized corporate skill that is all too rare in today’s world where people announce their lunch menu on Twitter.
  2. Speak. You should do most of the talking. The interview is about you explaining and proving why you are the best person for the job. Answer questions directly and honestly, and use anecdotes that illustrate your qualifications whenever possible. Describing how you led a sales team to double its revenues is much more impressive than saying you’re a good sales manager. Also use your research here – you may want to mention you helped another company overcome a challenge similar to the one the company currently faces – and be sure to have a few specific questions ready. The questions should revolve around specific tasks and responsibilities you will have, advancement potential, and other work-related subjects – not vacation and sick time!


  1. Follow Up. As soon as you get back home from the interview, write a short, polite note (NOT an email or even worse, text message) thanking your interviewer for taking the time to speak with you and mentioning one or two specific reasons you are perfect for the job that relate to topics of conversation during the interview. You will look professional and thorough, and a signed note really stands out in the age of instant electronic communication.


6.5Stay Positive. Even if you do your very best at a job interview, you may not get the position. Someone else may simply have better qualifications or experience, or have an inside connection. You must stay positive. Review the interview, correct any flaws or missteps that may have occurred, and put it out of your mind at the next interview. If you truly commit yourself to acing every job interview you get, you should find a fulfilling work position sooner rather than later.

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