Ten tips for acing job interviews

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Melina Stewart, Reporter

Applying for a job can be a stressful ordeal, especially if you have never experienced an interview before. Here are 10 tips to best help you prepare to ace that interview.

Dress to impress

When you’re getting ready for an interview, remember that this is your first impression on your potential new boss. Dressing inappropriately may affect job-making decisions.   

Get ready the day before

Everything you need for your interview should be laid and put in a spot that will not be disturbed the night before. For example, place your outfit on a desk or in a closet cabinet, not on the floor or thrown on your bed.

Do your research 

Know the location of the interview, go online and learn as much as you can about the place. Do not go in being clueless. 

Be organized

Have all your papers organized and ready to go. Don’t show up unprepared. Especially if there are a lot of people competing for the job, employers like people who can show that they can handle themselves and the business. Organization is a big part of that.

Practice

Have a mock interview. Get a friend or family member to give you questions that most likely be asked during your interview. Treat it like it’s real, and answer how you would in the actual interview.  Remember, practice makes perfect!

Don’t limit yourself 

Don’t just apply for one or two jobs, go for them all! Chances are you will get one of them. It’s also always good to have backups in case one falls through.

Remember to follow-up 

It might sound annoying, but follow-ups are essential to job hunting. You don’t want to spend days waiting for a call that might never come, but be sure to wait for a day or two after the interview before checking in so it gives the employer to consider their options.

Be approachable

Do not go in with a bad attitude make sure to make eye contact and shake hands firmly. Remember to be polite and courteous. Smiling also helps!

Be clear about what you can do

Interviewers like to know what your limits are. If you can’t work certain days make sure to tell them, and if you want a certain pay or a specific position, discuss that during your interview.

Don’t get discouraged 

You probably won’t get every job you apply for, and that’s OK. There are always more out there. What you have to do is remain persistent and don’t give up. Your relentless determination is bound to pay off!