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Job interviews can be challenging, in part because there is so much that can go wrong.
There is dressing appropriately, of course, and ensuring that your resume is up-to-date and error-free. But there are other, more subtle factors, such as body language, that interviewers pay keen attention to.
Those include things that we're all apt to do when nervous, such as fidgeting too much, not smiling or failing to make eye contact. Still, such behaviors aren't flattering and could be reason enough for a hiring manager to reconsider an applicant's candidacy.
Interviewers are also eager to find out how much you know about the company, in part because it shows the ability to be organized and properly prepared. So study up.
You also will need to explain who you are and why the organization needs you. Being able to succinctly describe the skills that you can bring to the position and to the company is a surefire way to engage the interviewer while also making the case for why you are the right person for the job.
Winging it in an interview might work, but chances are that a lack of preparedness will come out during the vetting process -- and you may be left stumbling to answer questions. And that won't win you any points.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.
Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
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