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BHints for Job Interview

The old saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression holds true, especially in the case of job interviews. After all the preparation
and hard work it took to land the interview, you'll want to go in with your best foot forward. Make sure you have your bases covered in these six critical areas:

1) Your presence.
Help the interviewer see you in the job by dressing appropriately for the culture of the organization and the position you're applying for. When in doubt, dress on the conservative side.
During the interview, assume a posture that is neither too relaxed and sloppy, nor tense or forward. Do not chew gum.
Movements and mannerisms. Use natural gestures. No matter how nervous you are, don't clench your fists. Avoid
fidgeting, scratching or playing with a pen, your glasses or the change in your pocket. Steer clear of movements that invade the interviewer's personal space, and try not to appear stiff or awkward.
2) Speaking.
To make sure the interviewer can hear you, pay attention to his or her reaction to your voice. Don't mumble or drop your voice to a whisper towards the end of your sentences. Avoid using a sing-song or monotone voice, as these tones will give the impression that you are over-rehearsed. Also, try to avoid slang and colloquialisms such as "you know."
3) Enthusiasm
Convey the appropriate amount of enthusiasm, warmth and sincerity to suit the dynamics of your interviewer. Be positive, avoid negative topics and don't vent hostility. Remember to smile.
4) Listening
Listen with full concentration and maintain eye contact 90% of the time - without staring. Indicate attention and agreement with nods and smiles, avoid interrupting and allow silence for thought and reflection.
5) Communication
Mirror the style and pace of your interviewer. Give direct and credible answers but stop once you have answered the question. Don't over-elaborate with details or anecdotes, and try not to ramble or interrupt. If you don't know something, say so. Clarify a question if you don't understand it. Listen before you talk, and think before you speak.
6) Hints
Collect business cards from the people you meet to get names and exact titles. Elicit company or departmental needs early in the interview using open-ended questions. Weave in your strengths and accomplishments in response to those needs. Respond to doubts or objections positively without being defensive.