It may sound corny, but once you get the interview invitation, there are some basics that you need to be aware of to maintain your best chances of getting the job.

  • Do be Confident. Employers can sense nervousness. You want to impress the interviewer with your composure and leave them with the impression you can handle the job.
  • Do not be an egomaniac. You must be confident, but you do not want to give the impression you are an egomaniac which is a major turn off to interviewers and a death knell for your chances.
  • Do know your strengths and weaknesses. This is a common question that interviewers use to see if you can gauge your own shortcomings and strengths. Interviewers will look for honesty and to see how you handle uncomfortable situations.
  • Do not be dishonest. This cannot be emphasized enough. From your resume through the interview be honest in your characterizations and responses. Falsehoods are easily seen by a trained interviewer.
  • Do not recycle material. You may need to change your resume for each individual job as you apply for it, but it is worth the effort. Be job specific in your resume and interview.
  • Do be willing to do what others will not. Being willing to roll up your sleeves and do dirty work will win the favor of hiring managers who value hard work and extra effort.
  • Do be clear and concise if you use a cover letter and make sure it matches your resume. Emphasize your points in over letter points in your interview.

For more details and articles, see Sam Becker at Cheat Sheet.

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