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Important Things Not to Forget In An Interview
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

It's essentially impossible to enter an interview without having done any preparation. Those that dare are in for one of the shortest interviews of their lives. Remembering all there is remember for an interview can be challenging. It's like cramming for the ultimate test and you either pass or fail. Interviews are nerve-wracking for many reasons, this is just one of them.
 
Whether you have an amazing memory or not, the truth is that you don't have to worry yourself with a great deal of rules and do's and don'ts. Instead, make these few important things clear in your mind  and you won't have to fumble through anymore interviews:
 
1) Understand what the job entails.
 
This is more than just going through a check-list of job duties. People often go into interviews under the impression they are there for a certain job that turns out to not be what they were picturing at all. It's really embarrassing to be in an interview for a job that you had mistaken for something else. Not knowing the details thoroughly can make you look foolish and unconcerned for the interviewer's time.
 
2) Know what it will take to succeed at the position.
 
Even while you may know what it takes to get the postion, that can be very different from being able to do it well. Companies will have certain expectations for new hires and one of them is exceeding those expectations. There's a major difference in the kinds of workers who work acceptably and the those that do exceptionally. See things from their perspective and evaluate yourself for the position. Identify areas you think may need improvement and go from being good for the job to perfect for it.
 
3) Outline why you are right for the job.
 
Make a list of your strengths, achievements and goals. Do they match what it will take to do well in this position? You want to give the interviewer plenty of reasons for why they should not only hire you, but why it would be a mistake not to. What are you equipped with to do this job better than any other candidate? This question is a very important one to be able to answer as it will heavily weigh on the interviewer's decision.
 
4) Have an idea of the areas you may struggle with.
 
Nobody's perfect. There may be some areas of the job that you aren't as familiar with. Don't let this get you down. If you believe that these are things that you want to tackle then be sure to do your research before the interview. If you're hoping you can get through the job and bypass these trouble areas, that won't be the case.
 
5) Will you mesh well with the company's culture?
 
Everyone company has its own culture and vibe. How well a candidate will fit in with theirs is usually what employers look for most in candidates. You'll be expected to match the way they do things and how they conduct themselves. Compatibility in this sense is often the dealbreaker since a bad match will result in an unhappy situation for both parties.
 
6) Eliminate the fear in the question you're most afraid of.
 
Most job seekers have a particular question that they dread, one that no amount of hoping will prevent the interviewer from asking it. It could be about why you left your last job, how much you expect to get paid, or even if you've ever been fired. Think of all the potential quesitons they could ask you and which one trips you up. Preparation is crucial to a good interview so there is no point in avoiding it. Arm yourself with an answer that you both will be happy with.