First impressions are everything, and in today’s tight job market, how you handle an interview is more important than ever. Even if you aren’t the type who can naturally breeze through an interview, there are a number of tips you can follow to stay calm and composed. In fact, OnlineMBA.com recently posted a helpful video outlining three key strategies for acing an interview.
The first thing they suggest is leaving all unnecessary items in the car or at home. This includes your cell phone, coat, coffee cup, or bag. All you need is a notepad and pen. This will help you seem prepared, but unencumbered. Additionally, make sure to mirror the body language and tone set by the interviewer. If they seem humorous and relaxed, follow their lead, but certainly don’t try to change the direction of the interview. Instead, attempt to keep your interaction as natural as possible.
The final suggestion mentioned in the video is to negotiate later. Remember, it is not your responsibility to inform the interviewer of your salary at your last job. Even if they ask you about this, avoid specifics. You can focus on letting the interviewer know that you want to see if the position is a mutual fit and salary can be agreed upon at a future date.
Armed with these tips and a solid understanding of the company you are interview with, you will be prepared to put your best foot forward.
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