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Interview Tips

​It's never too late to turn your social profiles to private
If you don't think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook or MySpace, think again. Hiring managers are looking to cover all the bases to avoid a miss-hire. They want "to weed out people who wouldn't be a good fit in the company's culture." Don't give them ammo to not like you, set your profiles to private.

Don’t be late to your interview
There is no excuse for it, none! Don't give them a reason to exclude you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic, getting lost or anything else will not matter (even if it's true).

On arrival turn your cell phone(s) off
Obvious but easily forgotten.  Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned OFF. 

Know the company and why you want to work there 
Google the company you're interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company's mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you're asked why you want to work for the company, your best answer better be something better than, "I like the company's location".

Bring copies of your resume plus a note pad and pen
Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares. It shows you're prepared and serious about getting the job.  Few people bring a notepad with them to a job interview. It's subtle and can make you stand out.  Take notes when appropriate. 

Dress in a clean conservative manner
Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don't wear any on the day of the interview or very little. What's subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.

Maintain good eye contact
Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way more than you'd think.

Don't make jokes

Keep good eye contact and don't fidget. 

Answer questions directly and avoid tangents.  

Research the company and interject when appropriate.

Be prepared for behavioral interview questions e.g.: How do you handle stress?  Why do you want to work for this company?  What makes you qualified etc… 
Interviews: Requires a job seeker to be on time, have answers to standard interview questions and has researched hiring company. 
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