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Prepare Now for a Great Job Interview

Do you have sweaty palms, a rolling stomach, or frayed nerves just thinking about showing up for a job interview you're not alone, so take it easy. It's human nature to feel apprehensive before speaking with a hiring manager. In fact, it's normal. When we care about something or someone it means we're invested. We want to take the right steps, do what's expected, and behave in a way that gains approval and support.

Such a reaction can boost your energy and ensure a positive result. If your response gets out of hand, however, it can interfere with the outcome. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take ahead of time to prepare for all your job interviews. Practice them and you'll be able to keep your anxiety in check.

What is the Company's Focus?

The first one - research - occurs before the job interview. As soon as you're called for an appointment, do your 'homework.' Find out the company's mission statement, some facts of interest about the department you wish to work in, and the position you hope to fill. If you conducted this research a while ago and have forgotten what you learned, it's time to refresh your mind by locating this information on the Internet and from people who've already worked for that company.

What Experience and Talent Can You Provide?

The next step has to do with you. Think of ways you can use your skills and expertise to be part of the expansion of the organization or a solution to a challenge it faces. For example, if the company is preparing a major ad campaign and you're a great copywriter based on experience you had working for a small advertising agency, be sure to bring that up during your job interviews. Or if you know how to downsize a department that now has too many part-time positions or organize the front office so employees can work more effectively, talk about that. The interviewer will be very interested in what you have to say, especially if it relates to solutions and profitability.

Secret Advice You'll Want to Follow

The most important thing you can do for the hiring manager, the company as a whole, and for yourself during the interview is to be honest, straightforward, friendly, and committed to being an asset rather than a liability—the kind of employee that managers and co-workers look to for cooperation, a clean character, and commitment to the job.

With all this in mind, you'll be able to walk into your job interview with a smile, a firm handshake, and a presence that will inspire the interviewer to offer you the job of your dreams.