Winning Interview Strategies

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Have you just landed an interview for what could be your dream job? Congratulations for taking the next step in advancing your career! No doubt you are full of anticipation, excitement and quite possibly a case of nervous jitters. Remind yourself that you would not have been scheduled for the interview if your qualifications and experience level did not meet the requirements for the position. The interview process is a two-way street. Not only is the hiring manager attempting to determine if your temperament, career goals and motivation are a match for the company culture and requirements of the position, but the interview is also an opportunity for you to determine if the company’s culture, position as outlined and growth opportunities are a good fit for you.

One of the most important things to wear to a job interview is a quiet self-confidence and genuine smile. You will only have one chance to make a first impression. Take this opportunity to invest in a well-tailored jacket and a pair of classic trousers or skirt in a dark navy or black. Bypass loud colors and excess bling and leave them for the weekend parties. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and spend time with a professional cosmetologist at your nearest Ulta store to learn about new make-up products and applications to give you a fresh, polished and professional look.

Finally, take the time to conduct thorough research on the hiring company. Bring up the company’s website where you’ll learn about the products or services, company culture and quite possibly industry positioning. Check out any online reviews available from clients, employees or former employees. From this research, you’re bound to garner several questions. Pose these questions to the hiring manager as the opportunity presents itself in the interview. The hiring manager will get a sense of your interest in the position based on these questions and how thorough the research is that you’ve conducted. Hand-write a note to the hiring manager following the interview thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in the position. Best of luck to you!