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How to Improve Your Job Interview Skills

So your resume and cover letter have passed the screening, and now you are asked to come in for an interview. Don't panic -- there are some very simple ways to upgrade your interview abilities.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Don't talk too much and attempt to get out all of your thoughts about what a good employee you'd be. A good, clear, articulate answer will do the trick, not a lengthy, bumbling speech.
  • Step 2: At the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have a question. Ask them about something you came across while you were researching the company and position, so they'll know you did your research.
  • Step 3: Be confident, not cocky. Don't overstate your abilities or appear above the job. Just know that sometimes all that separates you from another candidate is a great interview.
  • FACT: In 2010, SAS was named _Fortune_'s "Best Company to Work For."
  • TIP: Remember all your nonverbal cues. Sit up straight, make good eye contact, and give a good handshake.
  • Step 4: Listen to what the interviewer is asking and saying, rather than just thinking of what you will say next. It is better to take a slight pause after a question to think of a good answer, than to spit out an answer that doesn't apply.
  • Step 5: Think of your experience after you do your research and come up with some specific examples you can cite when you used the skills the company is looking for.
  • Step 6: Dress the part of a professional. Even if you think this is the kind of company where employees wear jeans, wait to figure that out after you have the job.
  • TIP: Concentrate on your breathing during the interview. This relieves the tension that can build up in your body and make you look nervous and stressed.
  • Step 7: Do your research on the company, so that you can speak intelligently about what they do and how you would fit in. Read the job posting again to note what specific skills they are looking for in a candidate.

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