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Interview Techniques

No matter how qualified you are, how much experience you have and how well suited for the job you are - if you aren't able to interview successfully, you won't get the job.

We have put together some helpful interview techniques which will help you in landing the job you want.

Treat every interview as if it were the only one you will ever get with that company and your only opportunity to convince them that you are the right candidate for the position.

The key element to successful interviewing is attitude. If you have the attitude of wanting to do your very best for the company, of being focused on the company's needs, of putting yourself forward as the person who will be committed and dedicated to fulfilling their needs, you will likely be the one chosen for the job.

Body Language

Be aware of body language, both your own and your interviewer's. Sit up, don't fidget, wiggle your foot, or make too many hand gestures. Try to maintain a relaxed, open manner. Eye contact is vitally important. Keep your voice level at an appropriate volume. If you speak very softly, this may be interpreted as shyness or a lack of assertiveness. Speak clearly and in complete sentences, avoiding one word answers.

When you are being interviewed it is very important that you give out the right signals. You should always look attentive, maintain a good posture and do not slouch in your chair. Never lie in an interview, your body language and tone of voice or the words you use will probably give you away. Classic body language giveaways include scratching your nose and not looking directly at the other person when you are speaking to them.

If you have a moustache you may want to consider shaving it off - people with moustaches can be perceived as being aggressive. You can always grow it again once you have got the job.

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