Prep yourself for an interview

If you are job hunting then you know that landing an interview is only half the battle. You’ve gotten your foot in the door and now you need to bust that door wide open. But interviews can be tricky sometimes and even though you are completely qualified for a position a bad interview can cost you the job. And that blows.

If you are preparing for an interview, here are some things to keep in mind…

The prospective employer that you will be interview with will make the hiring decision based on these factors:

1) Attitude and Business Poise
2) Image/ Presentation and Communication skills
3) Experience / Skill Set
4) Education / Certifications
5) Transferable Industry / Technical Background

So, these are the things that you need to be conscious of. I would even go so far as to say that for a lot of interviews this is really the order of importance of their criteria they are using to evaluate you with. Note however that I do not, nor have I ever worked in HR.

And here are a few things you might want to be prepared for when it is time for your interview. Go ahead and prepare some points for these before the interview.

**Tell the employer why you are the most interested person in the opportunity or company.
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**Tell the employer why you are the most qualified person for the position.
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**Be enthusiastic about the position and the company.

**Ask good, specific questions. Respond positively to the interviewer’s questions whenever possible.

**Do not discuss salary or benefit packages. Remain open. And remember, studies have show that when it comes to negotiations the first party to quote a number is always the “loser” of the negotiation.

**“Sell your attitude” during the interview. Ask for the position/ be pro-active at the end of the interview.