1. Dress the Part – Research the company, call them to ask their culture as you don’t want to be over or underdressed. People hire others they can relate to.
  2. Practice – anticipate certain question and practice a clear and pointed response.
  3. Never “Wing it” – HR professionals interview constantly and are keen in their understanding of human nature.
  4. Review the job posting – study this and focus on the aspects they are looking for , especially the “must haves” listed on the job description.
  5. Modeling – a psychological tip in interviewing professionally is to “model” or perform similar actions as the person interviewing you. Be careful this is a tool that you must master or can backfire.
  6. Hand and body motions – always watch these subliminal aspects of a job interview. Fast movement, reclining, fisted hand and lack of eye connection will turn off the person you are talking to.
  7. LinkedIn – Take a minute to check out the interviewer and the president on LinkedIn. That will give you a sense of the person you’ll be meeting with and also the background of the leaders.
  8. Limit the perfume or cologne and smoke. Smells may turn off certain people and the interviewer must be sure this would not turn off others.
  9. Firm hand shake. When you are greeted by the interviewer, offer to shake hands and introduce yourself to get the interview off on the right foot.
  10. Smile.  Think positive and smile when you’re meeting the interviewer and when it’s appropriate during the interview. Positive people with strong interpersonal skills are more likely to be hired. Whether you are interviewing for sales or an operation role, all employees want to work with a happy person that adds to the positive culture.
  11. Show your enthusiasm. Show your enthusiasm and passion for what you do and what you’d like to do in your next job. Like great rock stars, artists or top business people… it’s the passion in their work that makes people want to listen and or work for them. Steve Jobs was one of the hardest CEOs to work with, however his passion for Apple excited people and pushed them to accomplish the most amazing technologies to date.
  12. Share a story or two. Don’t just state your qualifications. Instead, always support your points with an example. Telling the interviewer is OK, but proving with a real story drives the point home.
  13. Follow up…Follow up – the most important aspect of nailing an interview is to prove that you want this job with a thank you email right when you leave the interview and a follow up a few days later. My recommendation is to follow up weekly until you hear a definitive answer from the company. They will know your interest level and passion for this opportunity.

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