Mastering the job interview


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Sometimes what sets apart the gainful employee from the hopeless job seeker is the interview process. Gearing oneself up for the job interview can be stressful and painstaking, but as long as the proper steps and preparations are made, the interview can be aced!

Based on reviews from prospective employers, one of the worst things an applicant can do is bring up touchy topics of conversation during an interview. This includes personal problem such as failed marriages, sexual preferences, children matters, pets and other drama.

Although skills and experience can largely factor in to the application and interview process, sometimes what a job candidate says during the interview can weigh heavily on the deciding factors of employers. Steering clear of sensitive personal information is always a good idea when chatting yourself up to prospective future employers.

How one handles themselves during a job interview can be a prime example of they will conduct their behavior at the workplace. Exhibiting confidence and positive energy can work wonders during the first initial meeting with a prospective employer.

While preparing for an interview, it’s important to list all the skills and attributes that make you a qualified and valuable candidate and evaluate which ones speak the loudest. Selling yourself is essential in today’s job market, and creating a personal brand and being able to market it is priceless.

Portfolios, resumes, pen and paper; being prepared for that next big interview is essential. First impressions are utterly important, and one false move can easily lead to disaster during an interview.

Being on time is key, and being five to ten minutes early is even better. Rushing yourself out the door will make you nervous and ill-prepared, something that interviewers can sense right off the bat.

Aside from preparing personal materials such as resumes and cover letters before a job interview, doing proper background research is important as well. The more a job applicant can find out about a business before they put themselves out there for a job, the better.

Researching the competition will provide a good background as to what types of jobs are available and how much they pay. Too often people blindly send in resumes and apply for jobs, but one thing every job applicant should realize is that the more research they do, the better off they will be in the long run.

Job interviews can be tough, but with a little preparation and progressive thinking, these situations can be mastered.

Stay positive, dress nice and relax!


Doyle, Alison. “Job Interview Tips”  Accessed 10/31/11

Kay, Andrea. “Personal problems don’t belong in job interview” USA Today  Accessed 10/31/11

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