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Jul 16, 2015

Tips to nail your interview

For many recent graduates, the most nerve-racking part of landing their first post-graduation job is the interview. The pressure to make a great impression can be tough to handle, but there are several things you can do to set the stage for a successful interview.

Do Your Homework

In the Internet age, it is easy to access a wide range of information, and many interviewers will expect you to have researched potential employers. Before your interview, take time to visit the company's website and familiarize yourself with organization. Reading any recent news stories about the company or the industry is also smart.

Practice Being Positive

You will be more comfortable during the interview if you are not fumbling for the right thing to say. Practicing answers to common interview questions allows you to think about how you can use them to highlight the ways that your education and life experiences make you a good fit for this particular company. Be prepared for the interviewer to ask you about your weaknesses. Rather than trying to gloss over any issues or explain them away, demonstrate that you can turn a negative into a positive by stating how you identified your weakness and worked to overcome it.

Prepare to Ask the Right Questions

Near the end of most interviews, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, so it is wise to have a few questions of your own prepared. This is a great chance to highlight your strengths while displaying interest in the position.

Arrive Ready to Make a Great Impression

When you are interviewing for a job, you obviously want to make a positive first impression. Arrive 10 minutes early, well-groomed and dressed professionally. No matter how dry your mouth gets when you are nervous, forgo chewing gum or a drink. Turn off your cellphone and have pen, paper and a couple copies of your resume handy.

Watch All of Your Language

During the interview, put your best foot forward. When you speak, be polite, personable and professional. Avoid badmouthing anyone and steer clear of inappropriate humor. Remember that you will also be judged on your body language. Make eye contact, smile appropriately, shake hands firmly and make it clear that you are a professional who appreciates the opportunity being discussed by staying focused on the interview.

Remember to Say Thank You

Gratitude is always appreciated. Be sure to thank your interviewer for their time at the end of the interview. Then, do it again by sending a brief note of thanks via e-mail. This show good manners and ensures the interviewer has your contact information readily available.

A job interview is stressful, but it is also a chance for you to shine. With a little preparation and a positive approach, you will be ready to show potential employers your best qualities and increase the odds of receiving the job offer that you want.