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Even if you planned four interviews in one day – which is not such a bad idea since you get into your stride and you shouldn’t even suffer from nerves so much – always acquaint yourself with the company you’re applying to.

The question “What interested you in our company” comes up relatively often – and replying “the salary and employee benefits” may not be the best idea of your day.

 
Job Interview


Unless you’re applying for the position of a fashion designer, elegant yet unobtrusive attire is the winning choice.
Try to be calm, positive, and open in your communication. After all, it’s not just them assessing you, but also you assessing them, finding out whether these are people you’d like to work with.


As for what to best avoid – try not to bitch about your previous employers. Even if your previous boss used to start every day by screaming his lungs out at you, it is far more advisable to say you quit because you were “seeking a working environment that would more suit your personality” or just stating personal reasons than launching into a ten-minute abusive speech about what a bastard he was. It may make the potential employer think you might be a conflicting personality.

As far as interviews go, you may have possibly come across many recommendations as to body language. You will not get any here. The most important thing about a job interview is communication. You are trying to find out more about the ethos and culture of the company – whether you would fit in and like to work there, and you’re trying to represent yourself – prove them that you are the right choice for them. But that you can only achieve through true communication – and that is impossible when you focus 80% of your attention on whether you’re holding your palms (earlobes, nostrils etc.) in the right angle and whether you show both lower and upper teeth when you smile, thus indicating you are honest. Trust yourself a little! Simply be positive, natural, alert and really there with the interviewer, giving full attention to the talk you’re just having. Strangely enough, that should do the trick.

There’s no point in acting to fit the company. If your nature is very formal and official, you wouldn’t fit into a hyper-relaxed, back-slapping company culture anyway – and vice versa, and it’s quite important to clear this up for yourself at the beginning. You may be pressured by circumstances and wanting to land this job no matter what. But think one year ahead – grinding your teeth in silent and growing annoyance at the jovial jokes of your no longer new boss – or feeling utterly stifled and choked by the conservatism of your colleagues who still insist on calling you Mr Jones and expecting you to fill out form 137/11A whenever you wish to borrow a pen from them. Even if you fail this interview, the next one could introduce you to just the right company for you!

And general recommendations? Finding and getting a good job you would enjoy is not hard. You can definitely make it. Just trust yourself, count with the fact that job actually means work, that work is not all that different from play and that the more you play and seek your own opportunities in your new job, the better you will be appreciated, and the better you will fare in life.

 
 

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