Interview Tips - What To Do And What Not To Do

By Will Schlepinger

Worrying about what can be viewed as negative items on your history or worrying about your perceived inadequacies will get you nowhere in an interview. In fact, coming through in the way you answer interview questions and even in your body language is having a negative focus on things. An applicant who shifts, plays with things like their shirt cuffs, or who loses track of the subject under discussion, is sabotaging their own chance at success.

Of course, you have some weak points. Maybe there was a time two years ago, that you were out of work for eight months. What if the job that is open requires a certain skill level that you haven't really achieved yet? Your lack of confidence in yourself can knock you out of contention but neither of those things can.

We have a simple, two-part solution: Before making the company's priorities your own, you first need to make the best out of your worst.

Study the weak points in your resume and build on them. If you were unemployed for a certain period of time, then what you need to do is think about the businesses you have visited, the experiences you've had during that time, and the things you learned about the company and job market. Don't forget to show that you enjoy learning from unexpected opportunities and that you are attentive to detail.

Enthusiasm should be expressed in order for you to expand on your present skills. The same strategy should be applied on any other weak points that you have. A positive light can be given to a job that you left due to personal conflict as long as you emphasize the experience that you have gained. Make sure to leave bitterness and pity at home regardless of what you decide to do. What an employer wants is someone with the desire to move onward and upward.

That brings us to the second item. The way you present yourself should make you compatible with the company's needs and highlights how you can benefit their present or future plans. Study the company's general business, and the department where you are applying, in particular. Determine the reasons why they are hiring someone, if an employee quit, retired, or are they expanding, and then emphasize the skills and experience that make you capable of filling the position and bringing new ideas as well as a positive attitude to it.

It would also help if you find an up to every down point in your resume or work history. Next, you should sell your personality and skills with an eye on the company agenda. The combination of competence and enthusiasm is often the formula for a successful interview.

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