When it comes to landing the right job, there are many important factors that play a part in determining whether you get hired or not. From resumes and work experience to personality and assessment testing, there are many details that are helpful to know. Out of everything that goes into getting hired the most important factor by far is the interview. For some people job interviews can be an intimidating experience as it plays such a vital role in determining whether the company and candidate will make a good match. Although it may seem nerve wracking being put on the spot and having your job history analyzed, it’s a process that can be easily mastered through knowing what to expect. Achieving the best results on a job interview relies heavily on preparation, professionalism and how well you sell yourself as the ideal candidate for the job. Over the course of this document I will, from research and personal experience, touch on all three of those themes in the form of three topics: How to plan what to wear and what to bring to an interview, how to answer conflict resolution questions during the interview, and finally how to answer salary questions during the interview. So with all that being said let’s get started. Part 1: What to Wear and What to Bring First impressions mean a lot, especially when it comes to meeting with a potential employer for an interview. Skills and experience mean a lot but with first impressions its really image that matters. The reason image matters so much in an interview is...
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How to: Nail the Interview Being interviewed for a job can simultaneously be exciting and terrifying. I spent ten years working from home and only a year ago did I interview for and get a new job. That was a very nerve wracking day but it was made easier by following some steps to prepare for the interview in advance and also tips to keep in mind during the interview. What follows is a guide that will hopefully put some of your anxiety to rest. Prepare Go through all of your documents, including your resume, references, cover letter, and letters of recommendation, to correct any typos or grammatical errors. Print off at least three copies of each and put them in a folder for safe keeping. Research the company you are going to interview for. You don’t need to know every single thing there is to know but if you go in having an idea of what the company does and what industries they work in, that will provide you with a solid foundation. The best places to check are the company’s web site and their social media accounts. Practice responses to common questions so that you have a general idea of how you will want to respond. It’s important to have an answer in mind but not sound too rehearsed. Think about how you’re going to dress. You want to make sure that your attire is appropriate for the work environment and for the position you are applying for. Make sure to present a neat appearance. Get a haircut if needed. Shave if you don’t have a...
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