Finding places to apply is the easy part, getting through the interview successfully is a bit more challenging. Let me show you how I do it, and know that I have never interviewed and not been hired.
I recognize that the economy is failing at the moment, and finding a job is challenging. I assume you know how to put in applications, but lets talk about the interviewing process.
The actual interview is one of the most, if not the most important factor in snagging a job. The interview is for the most part your chance to make a good first impression on the person who essentially holds your work life in their hands.
Personally I learned interview techniques through school as well as personal experience, and I have never had a failed interview. Somehow I've always gotten a call back and gotten hired. There have even been times I've been hired on the spot. That is not to brag, just to point out that the information I am giving really does work.
The interview is your chance to make a good first impression. It is what you will be judged on. It can make or break the deal.
7 Tips for Successful Interviewing
1. Know the place you are interviewing for.
-Get to know the feel of the place. You can then decided what to wear for your interview based on the atmosphere of that specific workplace. You want to look like you fit in there. If you are applying for an office job most likely you will dress business dressy, if you are applying for a down to earth coffee shop your best bet is to dress like the people who are already employed there.
2. Be On Time.
-...or 5 minutes early. Do not ever be late for an interview, not even fashionably. An employer wants employees who take their job seriously and are responsible enough to be on time. Remember you are on their time clock, not your own.
3. Be prepared.
-Have your resume ready, just in case they want it. Consider some common interview questions and be ready with answers before you are interviewed. This allows no hesitation when something arises. You will appear to know what you are talking about.
4. Eye Contact
-I know that this is usually common sense, but it really is important. Making eye contact with your interviewer tells them you have confidence in the things you are saying. It shows you are comfortable with who you are, and you are not intimidated.
-Show that you have energy and also show respect by sitting up straight. Do not slouch. Slouching just looks bad.
6. Ask Questions.
-Asking questions shows you are interested in the job, and learning more about the job. Limit the questions to at the most 5 if you can help it. You don't want to be overly inquisitive, just the right amount. Remember if you get hired you will have plenty of time to ask questions during your training period.
7. Call Back
-If you do not receive a call back for a follow-up interview or with information regarding your status of employment with a company you have interviewed for, call them. Show them you have initiative by calling and asking about the position and where you stand. It also shows them your interest in their company. There are times that employers will wait and see how interested you are by waiting on your call. Show them you want the work.
If you do happen to bomb an interview don't be to hard on yourself. Just remember that you will do better next time. There is always a next time!