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A job interview is arguably the most stressful part of any job search, but you can improve your chances of being hired and getting the job that you want if you take the time to prepare beforehand. Here are some tips that will help you with that.

  1. Research the Position and the Company

One of the worst things that you can do during a job interview is to go into it without any knowledge of the employer interviewing you or the position you’re interviewing for. While you won’t know everything about your potential new job until you sit down for your interview, it still pays to know something about the position beforehand. Before you go in for your interview, take some time to research the company and what your responsibilities might be. Having just a little bit of knowledge about your potential new employer will show your interviewer that you are interested in the position and that you will work hard if you are hired.


  1. Practice Interviewing

Part of the point of a job interview is to sell yourself to an employer, which will mean coming up with a short “elevator pitch” that highlights your skills and accomplishments. You don’t need to recite a written pitch word-for-word, but you should be ready to talk yourself up with confidence. In order to get to this point, take some time to practice speaking out loud either by yourself or with someone else. A mock interview with someone else could help ease your nerves so you can speak with confidence during your actual interview.


  1. Dress for the Position You Want

First impressions are very important during the interview process, so you should look your best. This usually means formal business attire, but you might be able to get away with business casual for some positions and employers. You should always default to a formal suit if you have any doubts, though.

  1. Ask the Right Questions

You will almost certainly be given the chance to ask a few questions during your interview, so you should have an idea of what to ask when this time comes. The questions you ask will depend on the position you want and the company culture, but there are a few questions that will always be good to ask. You can ask about opportunities for advancement, what the company culture is like, or what your daily responsibilities would be if you were to be hired. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you feel are appropriate, but avoid asking about compensation during the initial interview. That will be addressed in time, but you should concern yourself with making sure that you will be a good fit for the position at first. That is what will impress the interviewer, and that is what will ultimately get you hired.