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Impress Your Interviewer: Simple Habits to Actually Help You Win Your Dream Job

Job interviews can be intimidating. The pressure of making a good first impression is stressful. You need to make the interviewer see why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Here are some simple first steps that will lay a solid foundation for your interview.

Be Prepared

You have likely been applying for multiple jobs at once. So, when you hear back from a company, it can be hard to remember who just called you back and for what position. That is why it is important to do some research on the company you are interviewing with. Look up their values and mission statement. Double-check the job listing you applied for. Understand what caught your attention. Pick out key phrases from their website that resonate with you and think about how you can incorporate them into your interview.

Know Where You’re Going

Make sure you know where the business is and where the interview will take place. It is important that you plan your transportation out. You should arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your interview time. If you are taking public transportation, consider catching the earlier stop. Try a test run to make sure you know where you are going and what to expect. If you are driving yourself, think about possible traffic and plan alternate routes. Even if you are walking, give yourself extra time for unexpected interruptions. This is your first impression; make it count.

Show Your Interest

Interviews help companies learn about possible candidates. Though, they also present an opportunity for you to learn about the company. Show your interest by preparing your own questions. Ask about office life, how people interact with one another, and what a typical workday looks like. You can also take this opportunity to ask about benefits and salary but try to reach outside of that. Consider what environment you work best in. That way, you can inquire about how the company would provide for your needs.

Tell them about why you, in particular, could see yourself working there. Show them why you know the company is a good fit for you as much as you are a good fit for them.


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