Career Confidential will offer a free webinar titled "Perfect Interview Answers" on December 17, 2013 at 1 PM. Career Confidential is a Texas-based job search training company that provides clients with valuable tools needed to secure a targeted job.
There are several job interviewing guides out on Examiner that outline the obvious, the not-so-obvious, and the brilliant pieces of advice. Let's take a look at what the experts have to say.
Calculator a British market calculator advises today's interviewees to arrive to a job interview at least 15 minutes early while Ted Chalupskey from The Right Staff, a leading staffing agency in Twin Cities, Minnesota cautions not to arrive to early as it might be seen as a sign of nervousness. This advice is an obvious "to do" tip, but what about what not to do? Business Insider highlights the most outrageous things interviewees have done. Watch the video for just one example of an poor job interview decision--bringing a parent to a job interview.
Towson University's Career Center offers numerous resources to prepare you for an interview. If you are a student you can schedule an appointment with a career counselor to walk you through a mock interview.
Some informal tips include:
- Smiling increase endorphins, which improve your mood. Show off your pearly whites for an increase in confidence.
- Remember to breathe. Getting enough oxygen to the brain means your concentration and alertness are where they should be.
- Use the restroom before the interview so you can concentrate on what you're saying and what the interviewer is asking.
- First impressions count. Be prepared to make small talk with the administrative assistant.
- Dress for success by wearing a suit tailored to fit you.
- Allow enough time to find a parking spot and locate the office or building.
- Have both the interviewer's contact information and a fully charged cell phone with you so you can call if you are late.
- If you're nervous, visualize yourself shaking hands, successfully answering questions, and making a good impression.
- Mentally review your top three accomplishments, top three skills, and top three improvements.