General Tips to Improve Your Performance In an Interview

Rehearse
  • Practice in front of a mirror
  • Practice with friends
  • Ask a professional or someone older to drill you with questions
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Practicing possible questions and creating the proper realistic "scene" will increse your confidence the day of the interview. For most people, the process is very nerve-racking. Practice will also make the words seem more natural. This is very important because you want to sound sincere. Make sure you don't sound rehearsed. Practice does not mean memorize!.

Know the company
  • Do research before you go in to the interview

If you sent in an application for a company, you have an obvious desire to be hired. It could be because of their solid reputation or because it is in a desirable location. No matter what the reason is, you need to find out more information about the company. With further research, you can discover facts about a company's culture or history. This information can be pertinent to an applicant. Also, having knowledge of this information will prove your committment and further exemplify your determination.

The research found may not be to your liking. If this is true, you can save the interviewer and yourself precious time.

Have questions prepared for the end of the interview

They will ALWAYS ask you if you have any questions after the interview session ends. Make sure you have prepared some of your own! A "no" response will not impress them. This is also where you can incorporate the research of the company accumulated if you have not already "wowed" them.

Know where the company is located
  • Ask the interviewer the physical address of your destination
  • Double check that their particular building isn't in another location or isn't difficult to find
  • Use a GPS
  • Drive to the location before the interview day
  • Have your phone charged so you can call them if your lost
  • Plan for traffic
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There is nothing worse than being late for an interview. They do not care why you were late or what excuses you can make up. It simply shows irresponsibility. Plan accordingly and ahead of time! Have one or two GPS devices, leave early, and drive responsibly.

Relax

You have already practiced possible questions, researched the company, prepared you own questions, and familiarized yourself with the location of the onsite interview. Now, all you need to do is relax. If you think about being nervous, you will be nervous.

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