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Acing the Interview Part 3: Perfecting the In-Person Interview

Acing the Interview Part 3: Perfecting the In-Person Interview

With every great beginning comes a great end, right? For some, no; but if you followed our advice on how to perfect your resume, find phone screen success, and master the art of the Skype interview, you’re well on your way to landing the job of your dreams. There is, however, one more step between you and the job offer.

Part 1: Acing the Phone Interview

Part 2: The Art of Skype Interviewing

Perfect the In-Person Interview

Congratulations! You’ve been contacted to come in for an in-person interview! This means that the hiring manager believes you might be the right candidate for the position. The in-person interview is used to determine if you are the one. The hiring manager, or others, will ask you more in depth questions and might also focus on behavioral qualifications.

Before You Leave

Items to Bring

Make sure that you bring extra copies of your resume and references in a professional binder with a notepad and pen. If you have business cards, bring those too.

How to Dress

You will be expected to dress professionally. Dress conservatively with a dark colored and matching suit. Don’t overdo the cologne/perfume as some people could be sensitive or allergic to it. Also wear one piece of jewelry per body part. One necklace, one pair of earrings, one ring on each hand, one bracelet, etc. You don’t want to be making noise every time you move when you talk.

At the Interview Location

Arrive to the interview 5-10 minutes early, but no more than 15 minutes. Arriving early could be an inconvenience to the hiring manager.

During the Interview

As with the phone interview, be confident and assertive with your answers. Never be afraid to sell yourself!

Back Up Success with Numbers, If Possible

It’s your time to shine, let them know what you’ve learned and what you’re capable of. And, if you are able to, add numbers and quantifiable information to your answers. It gives employers an idea of what you are able and capable of handling.

Have Questions Prepared, Ask Them

Once the interview is over, generally hiring managers will ask you if you have any questions. I don’t think I can emphasize how important it is to have questions ready. These questions (or lack thereof) can make or break your chances of landing this job!

So there you have it! I’ve broken down and discussed the various forms of popular interviewing and how you should prepare for each. The blogs that we write are here to help you find the job of your dreams.

The last tip that I can give is to just be yourself and be positive. Show enthusiasm and pride for the position and the skills in which you have to offer. You can anticipate and expect success in anything that you do!

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